Comedian Raphie May died this morning, Friday, October 6th, after suffering a cardiac arrest. He passed away at the young age of 45. A representative speaking on his behalf wrote to E! News, “Ralphie had been battling pneumonia and had canceled a handful of dates over the last month to recover.”
However, this morning, he passed away at a private residence in Las Vegas. According to the publication, the comic is survived by his wife, Lahna Turner, and their children, April June May, and August James May.
In 2003, May received his big break in comedy when he appeared on the NBC reality competition show, Last Comic Standing.
On the show, he finished in second place during the first season and would later receive comedy specials including Girth of a Nation and Too Big To Ignore. Netflix afforded him a special as well titled, Unruly and Imperfectly Yours.
In recent news, May performed at a residency at Harrah’s Las Vegas, and just two days ago, he won the Casino Comedian of the Year at the Global Gaming Exposition.
After he passed away, many fellow comics came out to express their grief to the deceased comedian on their respective social media accounts.
Dane Cook writing on Twitter, “Whoa…man…this sucks. Ralphie was a good guy and a very funny person. Condolences to his family and fans.”
The former host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, Bob Saget, wrote, “Ralphie May. Damnit.” Additionally, Ken Jeong wrote, “this hurts too much. Raphie May helped me so much. Rest in Peace.” As for upcoming funeral plans, no schedule is made public at this time. We send out our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and fans during this time of grieving.