American stand-up comedian and actor Ralphie May passed away on Thursday in Las Vegas after suffering a cardiac arrest. The comedian’s representative, in a statement posted on Facebook, said “We are heartbroken to announce the untimely death of our friend, Ralphie May. Ralphie had been battling pneumonia and had canceled a handful of dates over the last month in an effort to recover. Earlier this morning at a private residence in Las Vegas his body was discovered, the cause of death is cardiac arrest.”
It has been noted that Ralph was suffering from pneumonia for some time now and his cardiac arrest would have been caused due to his brief battle with that. May canceled a series of dates from his Unruly stand-up tour in an attempt to recover from his illness.
Recently on 22nd September, May wrote on Facebook, “I can’t shake this bronchitis and the altitude is no joke” after canceling a Colorado Springs concert he was going to be part of.
Ralphie May was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1972 but raised in Clarksville, Arkansas. The excellent comedian was just 45 years old.
May suffered from obesity throughout his life. His weight increased to 800 pounds after an automobile accident at age 16 in which he lost 42 of his bones. May took part in VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club and had gastric bypass surgery in 2004 which helped to bring down his weight down to 350 pounds (160 kg). May lost a further 40 pounds in a short stint of viral pneumonia on a cruise in October 2011.
The 45-year-old stand-up comedian rose to fame after he participated in the very first season of Last Comic Standing back in 2003. He finished second only to Dat Phan and there was no looking back after that.
May went on to appear in comedy shows, such as The Wayne Brady Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He was the only white comedian on The Big Black Comedy Show in 2005, which also featured Vince Morris, Mo’Nique, and Rodman.
In 2005, May released his comedy album Just Correct. After which, he has gone on to record four Comedy Central specials: Girth of a Nation (2006), Prime Cut (2007), Austin-tatious (2008), and Too Big To Ignore (2012). He also has two Netflix specials titled Unruly (2015) and Imperfectly Yours (2015) to his name. In 2016, alongside Amy Schumer who is another one-time Last Comic Standing contestant Ralphie played an important role in an Inside Amy Schumer sketch.
Judi Marmel, his manager, said in a very emotional statement “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.”
Wishes poured in from all over the comedy community, for the man who was famous for his distinctive delivery of humor, as people expressed their sadness about the comedian’s untimely death. Ralphie used to live with his wife, Lahna Turner and children April June May and August James May.