Comic Ralphie May Dies Of Cardiac Arrest At 45

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LOS ANGELES (CBSMiami/AP) — Comedian Ralphie May passed away at age 45, a spokeswoman announced.

In a statement Friday, publicist Stacey Pokluda says May died of cardiac arrest. She said he had been fighting pneumonia, which caused him to cancel a few appearances in the past month.

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Ralphie May attends 2014 Billboard Touring Awards at The Edison Ballroom on November 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

His body was found Friday morning at a private residence in Las Vegas.

On Wednesday, the round-faced May was named casino comedian of the year at the Global Gaming Expo. He was booked through the rest of 2017 at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

May, a Tennessee native who was raised in Arkansas, parlayed a second-place finish on TV’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2003 into TV and club appearances. And to a comedian like May, even the prospect of his own death was a part of the humor.

His publicist said May’s survivors include his wife, Lahna Turner, and children April June and August James.

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