Sunday, June 28, 2009

Worst week to be a celebrity – ever

What is with all these famous deaths in this past week alone!? First was Ed McMahon, then Farrah Fawcett who finally lost her battle with cancer, then (most notably of all) Michael Jackson, whose death came as the largest shock of all; and now, Billy Mays, the widely-known TV pitchman who I will admit to have found, while a little loud, amusing and entertaining (kinda like Vince, though less desperate), was pronounced dead at his home just a short while ago.

(CNN) -- Infomercial pitchman Billy Mays died at his Tampa, Florida, home Sunday morning, authorities told CNN.

The 50-year-old known for his shouting OxiClean ads was pronounced dead at 7:45 a.m. The Hillborough County medical examiner will perform an autopsy, Tampa police Lt. Brian Dugan said.

Mays was on the US Airways flight from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Tampa on Saturday that had a hard landing at Tampa International Airport when the plane's front tire blew out. There were no reported injuries on Flight 1241, US Airways told CNN.

According to a local Tampa TV station, Mays said: "All of a sudden as we hit you know it was just the hardest hit, all the things from the ceiling started dropping. It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head."

The police have stated it's unclear whether this bump on his noggin was related to his death, though I wouldn't be surprised – found dead less than 24 hours after being hit on the head? Doesn't seem like much of a coincidence to me. Perhaps it's similar to what happened with Natasha Richardson, who had an apparently innocuous head injury whilst skiing – and was dead only a few short hours later. Blows to the head are never something to be trifled with, even with hard-heads like Billy Mays (*wink*). Personally, my best guess would be the blow set off an aneurysm, which is nearly always fatal – plus they really aren't all that hard to set off to begin with.

Poor Mays. Damn, this has got to be the single darkest week for Hollywood and show business in general for as far as I can recall. As bad as it is, you can't help but wonder – who next?


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