VIDEO: The Last Interview With Billy Mays

Jun. 29 2009, Published 1:28 p.m. ET

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Ace TV pitchman Billy Mays, who died in his sleep Sunday at 50, described his experience on a turbulent U.S. Air flight to Tampa Bay's Fox affiliate Saturday, just a day prior to his surprising death.

"We're very fortunate to be here ... glad to be back on solid ground," Mays, clad in a brown-striped polo shirt told the station, following the flight from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Odessa, Florida.

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According to reports, the flight abruptly ended when the plane's front tires were blown, and the aircraft skidded to a grinding halt.

Said Mays: "All of a sudden, as we hit, it was just the hardest hit."

He said that he was struck by falling items that were kept in overhead storage bins.

"It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head," said Mays, who was slated to have his third hip replacement surgery Monday.

A source told that the TV personality was taking Xanax to combat "terribly frightened and anxious" feelings he had about the medical procedure.


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