More Details Released on Comedian Ralphie May’s Death
The body of Ralphie May was found inside a Las Vegas private residence, it was reported.
The “Last Comic Standing” comedian died Friday, Oct. 6, from cardiac arrest after battling pneumonia for weeks, Variety reported. He was 45.
TMZ reported that when he was found, there was “no point in trying to revive him” and was pronounced dead at the scene.
He performed at the Harrah’s the night before and went to a private residence later.
— Tracy C (@TheTraceC) October 9, 2017
He was found Friday around 1 p.m., and about 28 minutes later, he was pronounced dead, according to the TMZ report. A coroner is now investigating his cause of death.
“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,” the comedian’s rep said in a statement
“Two days ago he won the Casino Comedian of the Year at the Global Gaming Expo and had performances throughout the remainder of 2017 as part of his residency at Harrah’s Las Vegas.”
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
On Sept. 23, after canceling a concert in Colorado, he wrote that he could not “shake this bronchitis and the altitude is no joke.”
He got his big break on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and was able to turn it into a successful career.
On Twitter, many comedians remembered him.
“It was a fun summer with you n biscuit. Safe next gig. Miss the **** out of you already. Xoxo n #RIP @Ralphie_May,” wrote Kathleen Madigan.
Added Larry the Cable Guy: “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.”
“Whoa… man.. this sucks. Ralphie was a good guy & a very funny person. Condolences to his family & fans,” Dane Cook wrote.
“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 wrote on Twitter. Marc Maron wrote, “Damn. RIP Ralphie May. Comic warrior.”
“Ralphie May RIP funny man. We shared good talks & good laughs. See you on the other side kid,” comedian Jim Breuer wrote.
Ken Jeong, another funnyman, tweeted, “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.”