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Discussion in 'The OT' started by Mark Holtz, Jun 28, 2009.
WOW, I didn't even know about this till now. That's really sad. RIP Billy.
I like what it seemed like Billy's genuine friendship with Sully (from watching the show). I like how they would pull pranks on each other and banter back and forth.
Agree, the seemed to like each other's company and sense of humor. Even the crew got in on it.
The series, I suspect, will die. Thom Beers probably needs the rest with so many balls in the air (Pitchmen, Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, Monster Garage, Black Gold, et al.).
When I was a kid, I took a header while roller skating into the side railing... and had a nice swollen eye socket/head that fortunately was "just" a bad black eye by the time I ever saw myself in a mirror.
Anyway, I remember in the emergency room, the doctor telling my parents to keep a watch on me that night and wake me up every hour or so to make sure I was just asleep.
At the time I found that very annoying... but in hindsight, and hearing more about concussions... I understand now.
From what I've read, it sounds eerily like Mr Mays might very well have died from an undiagnosed/unsuspected concussion. As tragic as any death, particularly a surprise one, is... it would be really tragic if it were something that could have been prevented by a cat scan or something that would have lead to preventative treatment.
RIP Billy... I liked the pitchmen show myself
Same here. I saw the news on my Verizon Wireless phone. Watching CNN news updates for Jackson. I was getting ready to press end when it said that Billy Mays died. I had another WHAT!! moment. I really enjoyed Pitchmen. Funny guy! RIP!
It looks like heart disease CNN is reporting.Sad,he was only 50.
I haven't heard that yet, but they did confirm that the head injury appears to be a non-factor. Very strange.
What Discovery Channel and Anthony Sullivan said
Discovery Mourns the Loss of PITCHMEN's Billy Mays: A Message from John Ford
It is with incredible sadness that we have to report that Billy Mays died in his sleep early Sunday morning at his home in Tampa, Florida. Everyone who knows him was aware of his larger-than-life personality, infectious spirit, generosity and warmth. Billy was a pioneer in his field and helped many people fulfill their dreams. There has been an overwhelming response from viewers, members of the press and fans around the world who are deeply saddened by the news. He will be greatly missed as a loyal and compassionate friend.
Billy and Sully were together for the last time this past Tuesday night during an interview on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien to promote the season finale of PITCHMEN, which is scheduled to premiere July 1.
Our deepest sympathies go out to Billy's family at this time.
President and General Manager
Anthony "Sully" Sullivan, longtime infomercial pitchman and co-host of "Pitchmen" released the following statement on the passing of his dear friend and colleague:
There are no words to describe how I feel about the passing of my great friend and fellow Pitchman Billy Mays. I have a massive hole in my heart. My thoughts go out to his wife, Deborah, son Billy III, and his beautiful daughter, Elizabeth, his mom and dad and his whole family.
Billy and I have known each other for 15 years. We are the greatest of friends. He was the best at what he did -- his uncompromising style coupled with his black beard, blue shirt and khaki pants will be embedded in my memory for all time. His uniqueness created an industry that I am proud to be a part of. We were literally joined at the hip for the past six months.
Discovery Channel's "Pitchmen" was not only a wonderful experience, but also a great opportunity for Billy and I to let people into our world and see what an awesome guy he was in front of the cameras and show our friendship to the world.
There was a lot more to Billy as a person than Billy the Pitchman -- he was a loving, caring family man with the heart and roar of a lion. He loved what he did and loved his fans. The overwhelming outpouring of support shows what an amazing individual Billy was.
I'm proud to have had him as a friend. I'll miss him greatly and I'll miss hearing him saying, "Hi Billy Mays here... Here's how to order!""
DISCOVERY CHANNEL PRESS RELEASE:
"BILLY MAYS HONORED ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL
Discovery Channel is devoting its airwaves to the legendary pitchman Billy Mays this Wednesday, July 1. A previously-scheduled PITCHMEN marathon of episodes 1-11 airs from 11AM ET/PT through 10PM ET/PT culminating in the never-before-seen season finale at 10PM ET/PT. To celebrate a man who was larger than life, the network will run tribute promos honoring Billy Mays and never-before-aired moments throughout the day. A slate will also be added to the end of the season finale in his remembrance. In addition, a special tribute show is being planned. No decision has been made regarding season two of PITCHMEN. The network is focused on supporting Mays' family and friends during this time of incredible loss. PITCHMEN, the 12-part series featuring Billy Mays and his business partner Anthony Sullivan, began airing on Discovery Channel on April 15, 2009. Additional details will be provided as memorial plans are determined.
For more information on PITCHMEN, visit press.discovery.com."
I can't believe they already showed 11 episodes of Pitchmen.
I have been home for about 2 hours and have seen probably 8 Billy commercials. Wife said they have been on all day as well. I wonder if they are trying to sell all his products off?
Honestly, as hyper as this guy was (I saw 2 interviews with him, and he was just as lit up in rel life)..not surprised if he passed from a heart attack.
Sorry to hear it indeed, as he seemed like a very nice fellow, but not surprised.
We were wondering that as well. So many of the products he has sold at one time or the other and are now in stores have his picture on the box.
Haven't watched as much TV today as some obviously have but I did feel a little weird earlier today when I did see one of his commercials. Weird seeing something like that just after hearing the news.
Oddly, though, given what I've read about him... I suspect that's exactly what he'd have wanted... for them to keep running his spots.
I love how Billy Mays was hated when commercials came up, then we he dies suddenly everyone mourns him. Same with Michael Jackson.
... Hell, same with artists. It's like people do nothing but remember all the things they hate about people until they die, and then they do nothing but remember all the good things... It's honestly funny. Why can't people remember the good things while somebody is alive?
As I mentioned in the "Pitchmen" trhread in the TV subforums, Ever since watching that, I have had more of an appreciation for Billy as a person and that he is not some evil dude, just doing something with the talent he had. He did have a knack for getting people interested. Yes, he could be loud at times, but he was passionate about what he did.
I would recommend that people watch some of the Pitchmen shows Wednesday if they are interested. While they tended to advertise the show like it was Sullivan and Mays fighting, it was really not that at all. They seem to get along really well most of hte time (though they could occaisionally get into it just like any people who are freinds or work together all the time.) and they both seem to be much more interesting that I ever thought they would be.