Comedian Ralphie May dead at 45

Ralphie May performs a live show at the GWU Lisner Auditorium Washington Featuring: Ralphie May Where: DC, United States When: 09 Apr 2011 Credit: WENN

Comedian Ralphie May has died at the age of 45, Caesar's Entertainment confirmed Friday.

In a statement to Sinclair's KSNV, Vice President of Las Vegas Entertainment Operations Damian Costa said:

We are incredibly saddened by the loss of our beloved comedian headliner, Ralphie May, and our hearts go out to his friends and family. Ralphie played a special role in this world, as he strived to bring joy to all. Over the last year, he became a cherished member of the Harrah’s Las Vegas family. We will forever be grateful for his laughter and friendship.

According to TMZ, May had been suffering from pneumonia for weeks.

Friday morning, his body was found in Las Vegas after an apparent cardiac arrest.

A representative for the star confirmed the ailment in a statement:

Ralphie had been battling pneumonia and had cancelled 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, cause of death is cardiac arrest.

The stand-up performer launched his career after appearing on "Last Comic Standing" in 2003.

Travelling around the country, his televised specials have appeared on Netflix and Comedy Central.

Most recently, Ralphie was in the midst of a residency at Harrah's Las Vegas.

It was there that the comedian won the Casino Comedian of the Year at the Global Gaming Expo.

The comedian had a show scheduled at Zanie's in Nashville on Tuesday.

May is survived by his wife comedian Lahna Turner, whom he filed for divorce from in 2015, as well as his children April June May and August James May.

After news broke, comedians around the world expressed their grief over the loss.

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