As reported by Fox News, Tampa Bay Online, the Tampa Bay Business Journal, and the Associated Press (via MSNBC), TV pitchman Billy Mays was found dead in his Tampa home. They say he was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead early this morning.
Wow, this makes for quite an interesting week! The month had started off in a weird way with the announced death of actor David Carradine on June 3rd. But the past week has seemed weirder than all of the speculation put around Carradine’s death.
June 23rd, Ed MacMahon, the voice of the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, passed. He was definitely a big name in the entertainment world for many decades. He and Carson both made for a great late night show which I would love to see more of.
Then, two days later, on June 25th, we first heard of the death of Farrah Fawcett from cancer. Her looks, and her time as one of Charlie’s Angels, made her an international star. Then, later that same day (and pretty much stealing the headlines, even to today), Michael Jackson died from cardiac arrest. All you have to do is look at how the media is still covering his death, as well as see all of the tributes that have gone up to him (and, to a lesser extent, Farrah Fawcett) to see how people reacted to their deaths.
Now, the crazy news for today. In less than a week since Ed MacMahon’s death, Billy Mays is found dead. It seems so crazy to hear about yet another big named celebrity to die. Granted, time and unforeseen occurance befalls everyone, but it still is making for an interesting week.
So, goodbye, Billy Mays. OxiClean, Orange Glo, Kaboom, Handy Switch, iCan, Steam Buddy, Tool Bandit, Gopher, and every other product you were the front man for will never be the same again.
Well, maybe the same, but just quieter.
Now… I wonder what news we’ll be seeing this week.