DISCOVERY CHANNEL STATEMENT REGARDING BILLY MAYS
(Silver Spring, Md.) -- It is with incredible sadness that we have to report that Billy Mays died in his sleep last night. Everyone that knows him was aware of his larger-than-life personality, generosity and warmth. Billy was a pioneer in his field and helped many people fulfill their dreams. He will be greatly missed as a loyal and compassionate friend. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family at this time of incredible loss. More information will be distributed as it becomes available.
DEVELOPING: Television pitchman Billy Mays â€” who built his fame by appearing on commercials and infomercials promoting household products and gadgets â€” died Sunday, FOX News confirms.
Mays was found unresponsive by his wife inside his Tampa, Fla., home at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, according to the Tampa Police Department.
"Although Billy lived a public life, we don't anticipate making any public statements over the next couple of days. Our family asks that you respect our privacy during these difficult times," his wife Deborah said in a statement.