Billy Mays, OxiClean and OrangeGlo
Billy Mays was a ubiquitous TV presence for years as the salesman for products like Orange Glo and OxiClean. With a booming voice, dark beard and over-the-top presentation style, Mays made himself just as famous as the products he was selling.
Mays' life came to a sudden halt at the age of 50 in June 2009 when his wife found him unresponsive in their Tampa, Fla., home. Initial reports that Mays may have died from head trauma were disproven by an autopsy that found the famous pitchman had died of a heart attack and that cocaine use was a contributing factor.
Test results also discovered traces of the narcotic painkillers Oxycodone, hydrocodone and tramadol in his bloodstream. Small amounts of Xanax and Valium, as well as alcohol, were also detected.