Ralphie May has passed away at the age of 45.
According to TMZ, the comedian was found Friday morning at a private residence in Las Vegas. May died of cardiac arrest and had been battling pneumonia for the last six weeks, which had resulted in several canceled gigs. His final gig was at Harrah’s on Thursday night.
May’s profile rose after coming in second on 2003’s Last Comic Standing. He released his first comedy album in 2005; his last specials, Unruly and Imperfectly Yours, are on Netflix.
He leaves behind two children.
This hurts too much. @Ralphie_May helped me so much. Rest In Peace. Thank you for all the love you have given me. Thank you for everything.
— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) October 6, 2017
Thank you, Ralphie May. You were a world-class comedian. pic.twitter.com/TGWpRcyQGH
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) October 6, 2017
Damn. RIP Ralphie May. Comic warrior.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) October 6, 2017
Ralphie May. Dammit. You were a funny and sweet mofo man. Rest In Peace.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) October 6, 2017
Whoa… man.. this sucks. Ralphie was a good guy & a very funny person. Condolences to his family & fans. https://t.co/M9s6bneAeA
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) October 6, 2017