*If you’re a fan of comedian Ralphie May, unfortunately we have some bad news.
The comic is dead at 45 after suffering cardiac arrest. Reports say May had pneumonia the last 6 weeks, but he was still performing despite his illness.
May died at a private residence in Vegas Friday morning. According to his rep, someone in the residence discovered his body.
He had performed Thursday night at Harrah’s in Vegas.
May gained popularity after finishing second on “Last Comic Standing” in 2003, and he went on to film several stand-up specials, including Unruly and Imperfectly Yours for Netflix in 2015.
Ralphie May also had several specials on Comedy Central and a packed touring schedule that kept him busy over the years.
May’s stand-up comedy career took off after he finished second on “Last Comic Standing” in 2003. Since then he’s had several televised comedy specials — mostly on Netflix and Comedy Central — and he’s continued touring, almost nonstop, around the country.
Here’s what his manager, Judi Marmel, told TMZ:
“As his manager and his friend, I will miss his laugh, his generosity to fellow comedians, his trademark orneriness, and his enormous love of life. He left us entirely too soon — and we can only wonder where his comedy might have taken all of us. We send our love to his family, his fans, and all the comics who shared stages with him across the country.”
Ralphie May is survived by his two children, April June May and son August James May.