Ralphie May, the famous stand-up comedian who made a name for himself through the reality competition show "Last Comic Standing," has died at the age of 45. The news of May’s passing was reported by TMZ on Friday afternoon, citing his cause of death as cardiac arrest. The report also mentioned that the comedian had been “battling pneumonia” over the past six weeks.
A statement made on May’s official Facebook page around 5:30 p.m. EST confirmed the earlier report.
“We are heartbroken to announce the untimely death of our friend, Ralphie May,” the statement reads. “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.”
May built a name for himself in the comedy world starting with his breakout performances on the first season of NBC’s former reality competition show, "Last Comic Standing." He would go on to make it to the season’s final episode and come in second place. The exposure would help launch his stand-up career, which would go on to include appearances on network television shows, in addition to starring in his own Comedy Central and Netflix specials. He was also nominated as the Casino Comedian of the Year at the 2017 Casino Entertainment Awards in Las Vegas for his “No Apologies” show at Harrah's. He’s survived by his wife and two children.
Thanks for the laughs Ralphie!