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Comedian Ralphie May dies unexpectedly at 45 in Vegas

• Updated Oct 6, 2017 at 5:56 PM

LAS VEGAS — Comedian Ralphie May died today at a private residence in Las Vegas. He was 45.

TMZ and other media outlets reported his death.

According to TMZ, May “had been battling pneumonia for six weeks and died of cardiac arrest.”

He reportedly had performed Thursday night at Harrah's in Las Vegas.

May was scheduled to perform Oct. 13 at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield. The theater released a statement saying its staff and board members were “saddened to learn of the passing” of May.

Beginning Tuesday, Renaissance staff members will begin contacting people who purchased tickets for May’s show. “The Renaissance urges patrons to be patient as they work to reach each person in the coming week,” the statement said.

In 2003, May finished second to Dat Phan in the first season of “Last Comic Standing.”

After that, May appeared in comedy shows such as “The Wayne Brady Show” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

In 2005, May released his comedy album, “Just Correct.” He later recorded four Comedy Central specials and appeared in the movie “For Da Love of Money.” He also performed at the "Gathering of the Juggalos 2012” and toured extensively.

May married comedian Lahna Turner on July 3, 2005. The couple have two children — a daughter, April June May, and a son, August James May.

In October 2015, after more than 10 years of marriage, Turner filed for divorce, seeking joint custody of their children.

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