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Ralphie May dies at 45; Stand-up comedy world mourns

Ralphie May, a comedian who broke onto the national scene in the United States of America after an attention grabbing series of appearances during NBC’s Last Comic Standing, has died at the age of 45.

The late Comedian’s representative, Stacey Pokluda, confirmed this to USA TODAY.


His body was found Friday morning at a private residence in Las Vegas, where he had a residency at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.


Pokluda said that May had performed there Thursday night after having had to cancel several dates to recover from pneumonia, which had plagued him for weeks.


She noted that his cause of death was cardiac arrest.


May was born in Tennessee and raised in Arkansas, growing up having 1980s Comedy Star, Sam Kinison, as idol.

Pokluda noted in her statement that May had just won the Casino Comedian of the Year award at the Global Gaming Expo.


May is survived by his wife, Lahna Turner, and two children, daughter April June May and son August James May.


Fellow comedians ranging from Kevin Hart to Larry the Cable Guy remembered him on Twitter after hearing the news.



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