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.
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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