"King of Infomercials" Don Lapre found dead at 47 in jail cell.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/03/us-infomercial-pitchman-death-idUSTRE79269A20111003

(Reuters) - A TV infomercial pitchman accused of defrauding more than 226,000 people out of nearly $52 million has died in his Arizona jail cell of an apparent suicide, authorities said on Monday.

Donald Lapre, 47, was found dead at about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday at a facility in Florence, Arizona, where he was being held on fraud and other related charges, U.S. Marshal's spokesman Matt Hershey said.

Lapre, the self-proclaimed "King of Infomercials," was awaiting a trial next October after being indicted on 41 charges stemming from a nationwide scheme to sell what was billed as "The Greatest Vitamin in the World."

Hershey declined to say if Lapre had been on a suicide watch or how he could have killed himself, citing an ongoing investigation.

Lapre had been charged with conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, promotional money laundering and transactional money laundering.

Authorities said Lapre and others were able to get investors to buy worthless Internet-based businesses that primarily sold the vitamins from April 2003 through October 2007.

The federal grand jury indictment, made public in June, revealed that that 226,794 people had signed up for the scheme, losing an estimated $51.8 million.

In a rambling note on his website, Lapre said he did nothing wrong.

"I did not have the perfect company, but never once did I allow one thing to be done that would violate any law," he wrote on donlapre.com.

"Nevertheless, because the majority of people did not make money ... I am left to fight a battle that will for sure destroy what energy I have left inside."
I guess God needed to respond to one of those "tiny classified ads".
 

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Cyberbullying

#MakeALawForLapre
 

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I guess he was guilty.

 

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If only he had done this in 2009 he could've been in that South Park episode.
 

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I'm going to post a THOOOOOOOUSAND Don Lapre obituaries in newspapers AAAALLLL across the country...from my TIIIIINNNNNNNYYYYY one bedroom apartment!

His ads played every night on alot of cable channels in the 90's. And I would be too lazy to channel, so I memorized them pretty good.
 

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I used to watch his awful infomercials in the 90's when the Wings were dominating and life was good. I hated the way he talked. "These 8 things will bla bla bla" said in a douchy drawn out voice.
 

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I'm going to post a THOOOOOOOUSAND Don Lapre obituaries in newspapers AAAALLLL across the country...from my TIIIIINNNNNNNYYYYY one bedroom apartment!
Glad someone remembers... I did this bit for my wife, she acted like she had never heard it. Course, her bedtime is like 9.


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Thousands of ads for what? How many times can you sell that old treadmill?
 

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Thousands of ads for what? How many times can you sell that old treadmill?
Ya know, I never really understood how it "works". You would place a bunch of classified ads in papers all across the country...and you'd make a small amount of money on each of them. But you've placed so many ads that the money adds up...somehow. I never got it. I was just too sucked in by his bizarre enunciations and tricky swaying camera tricks.