Popular pitchman found dead in home

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - It's not yet clear if the head-bump Billy Mays says he suffered during a rough landing at Tampa International Airport Saturday contributed to his death.

The 50-year-old TV pitchman told his wife before going to bed that he didn't feel well and he was pronounced dead at his home Sunday morning after she found him unresponsive.

U.S. Airways has confirmed that Mays was among the passengers on
a flight that apparently blew its front tires on landing.

Tampa Bay's Fox television affiliate interviewed Mays at the airport. He told a reporter that it was a very hard landing and that things started dropping from the ceiling. He said he got hit on the head, but joked that he had a hard head.

The coroner's office plans an autopsy Monday.

The friendly, high-powered style of the burley, bearded TV spokesman for such products as Orange Glo and OxiClean made him a pop-culture icon.

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