Comedian Ralphie May dies at age 45


Comedian Ralphie May speaks onstage during the T.J. Martell Ambassador Of The Year Awards at The Rosewall on May 12, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for T.J. Martell Foundation)

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LAS VEGAS– Stand-up comic Ralphie May died Friday morning at his home in Las Vegas. He was 45 years old.

The comedian gained fame when he placed second on “Last Comic Standing” in 2003. He also had several comedy specials, including “Too Big to Ignore” and “Girth of a Nation.”

May had been fighting pneumonia for weeks and died of cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife, Lahna Turner, and children, April June May and August James May.

May, who had an ongoing show at Harrah’s Las Vegas, was scheduled to perform at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield, Ohio on Oct. 13.

The theater posted the following message on its website:

“We have sadly learned of the passing of comedian Ralphie May. The show has been canceled, and our box office will contact patrons who have purchased on Tuesday, October 10th.”

Tickets for May’s Jan. 13 show at the Hard Rock Rocksino can be refunded at the point of purchase, a Live Nation spokesman said on Friday.

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