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Discovery Channel’s Pitchmen Marathon Airing Today in Honor of Billy Mays

billy_oxycleanToday, The Discovery Channel is airing a Pitchmen marathon in memory of Billy Mays, the infomercial star who passed away suddenly on Sunday morning at the age of 50. Most people know Mays as the guy who sold OxiClean in TV commercials but he also starred in Pitchmen, which debuted on Discovery in April and follows Mays and fellow marketing guru Anthony “Sully” Sullivan as they attempt to sell various items via infomercials in test markets to see if the commercial is ready for the mass public.

Mays was found unresponsive at his Tampa home Sunday morning and was later pronounced dead. On Monday, Hillsborough County Medical Examiner Vern Adams stated the likely cause of death was heart disease, however final autopsy results will not be known for several weeks.

The Pitchmen marathon is currently airing and includes all 11 previously broadcast episodes of the reality series. The marathon will culminate with Discovery Channel airing Pitchmen’s never-before-seen first-season finale at 10PM ET/PT. The marathon will also include tribute promos honoring Mays, some of which will include never-before-aired moments of the late Mays. In addition, Discovery Channel is planning a special tribute show for Mays. According Discovery, additional details will be provided as plans for the special are finalized.

Discovery Channel has yet to announce whether or not they will renew Pitchmen for a second season. The network has stated that right now they are “focused on supporting Mays’ family and friends during this time of incredible loss.”

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