Ralphie May, a larger than life comic known for his Southern charm and style, has died, his manager, Judie Marmel, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 45.
May had been battling pneumonia, which forced him to cancel a handful of dates over the last month in an effort to recover. Earlier Friday morning, his body was found at a private residence in Las Vegas, Marmel said.
The cause of death is cardiac arrest, she said.
May, whose career in comedy spanned more than two decades, shot to stardom after he finished in second place during the first season of Last Comic Standing in the early 2000s.
May’s recent credits include appearances on Inside Amy Schumer and two 2015 Netflix comedy specials, Ralphie May: Unruly and Ralphie May: Imperfectly Yours.
May is survived by his wife, Lahna Turner, and children April June May and August James May.
This post was originally published in The Hollywood Reporter.