LAS VEGAS — Comedian Ralphie May has died at the age of 45, TMZ reports.
May died at a private residence in Las Vegas Friday morning, according to TMZ. The comedian had been battling pneumonia for six weeks and died of cardiac arrest.
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 continued touring, almost non-stop, around the country.
In 2015 he and his wife Lahna Turner, also a comedian, filed for divorce. May was devastated by the split, especially when it came to the custody battle over their 2 kids, according to TMZ.
Wow….I was just told that Ralphie May passed. I'm truly saddened by this. He was a good dude. Heaven just got another funny angel RIP man
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) October 6, 2017
Oh man fellow comedian and friend Ralphie May just died. So crazy. RIP Ralphie. You my friend were one of the nicest and kindest out there.
— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) October 6, 2017
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
I love you RALPHIE MAY
Realest dude I’ve ever met.#justcorrect
— Jon Ferguson Mohr (@jaymohr37) October 6, 2017
Ralphie May. Dammit. You were a funny and sweet mofo man. Rest In Peace.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) October 6, 2017
Thank you, Ralphie May. You were a world-class comedian. pic.twitter.com/TGWpRcyQGH
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) October 6, 2017