Comedian Ralphie May Dies at 45

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Fans and fellow comics alike remembered stand-up comedian Ralphie May on Friday after his publicist confirmed the Last Comic Standing alum had died at the age of 45. As his publicist explained in a statement to Deadline, “We are heartbroken to announce the untimely death of our friend, Ralphie May. Ralphie had been battling pneumonia and had cancelled a handful of dates over the last month in an effort to recover. Earlier this morning at a private residence in Las Vegas his body was discovered, cause of death is cardiac arrest.” In 2003, May was runner-up to comedian Dat Phan in the first season of the NBC stand-up competition show. In addition to appearances on Inside Amy Schumer, Squidbillies, and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, the frequently touring comedian released four Comedy Central specials and two Netflix specials, the most recent one being 2015’s Ralphie May: Unruly.

Comedian Ralphie May Dies at 45