Comic Ralphie May Has Died
It’s heartbreaking to say that the large-and-in-charge comic Ralphie May is dead at 45 years of age. His publicist, Stacey Pokluda, has informed huffingtonpost.com that the stand-up comic was battling pneumonia and has succumbed to a heart attack.
The comic was found dead at his Las Vegas home on the morning of Friday, Oct. 6. The comic had taken some time off from his residency at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Sin City.
Ralphie May came to fame when he finished in second place for “The Last Comic Standing” in 2003. When he was 17 years old, May started to gain some recognition when he won a contest to open for comic legend Sam Kinison.
Ralphie May’s manager said of the comic: “As his manager and his friend, I will miss his laugh, his generosity to fellow comedians, his trademark orneriness, and his enormous love of life. He left us entirely too soon — and we can only wonder where his comedy might have taken all of us. We send our love to his family, his fans, and all the comics who shared stages with him across the country.”
To Say Ralphie May Is Dead at 45 Doesn’t Seem Surprising
The comedian has had health issues and was battling pneumonia for over six weeks. That’s a long time to battle such a serious illness no matter what shape a person is in. Mr. May has been touring and performing pretty much non-stop since he first gained a following in 2003.
Ralphie May and his wife divorced in 2015 and it was a devastating blow to the big guy. His ex-wife and the mother of his children, Lahna Turner, is also a comedian.
May will be missed by his many fans and his fellow stand-up comics throughout the world. He was the big, loveable lug that everybody could relate to because of his humbleness and regular guy personae.