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Comedian Ralphie May has sadly passed away at the young age of just 45, according to reports.

The comedian had reportedly been battling pneumonia for six weeks, but was still pushing through and performing all of his shows. According to TMZ, May died at a private residence in Las Vegas from cardiac arrest. He even had two shows scheduled this weekend in Las Vegas. His manager Judie Brown confirmed the devastating news.


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May’s stand-up comedy career launched after he came in second place on “Last Comic Standing” in 2003. After that, he went on to have several televised comedy specials on Netflix and Comedy Central. The comedian was also an avid performer, touring nearly non-stop around the country.

He and his wife Lahna Turner went through a nasty and public divorce in 2015, devastating him and sending them into a tumultuous custody battle over their two children. Many of May’s fellow comedians took to social media to share their condolences after the tragic news broke.

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Hearts are breaking after a beloved comedian passed away unexpectedly at a young age Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP
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