A comedian who broke out on the NBC competition series “Last Comic Standing” and went on to a successful comedy career has died. TMZ reports that Ralphie May died Friday morning at a residence in Las Vegas.
May, 45, had reportedly been battling pneumonia for six weeks and died of cardiac arrest. He had performed Thursday night at Harrah’s in Las Vegas.
May competed on the first season of “Last Comic Standing” in 2003, finishing second to Dat Phan. He went on to do two standup comedy specials for Netflix and four for Comedy Central, among other TV and film appearances. He also maintained a busy touring schedule.
May released his comedy album, “Just Correct,” in 2005. His most recent comedy special, “Unruly,” was recorded for Netflix in 2015.
“In 2015 he and his wife Lahna Turner, also a comedian, filed for divorce,” TMZ notes. “Ralphie was devastated by the split and the ensuing custody battle over their 2 kids, April June May and August James May.”