Comedian Ralphie May Dead

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October 6, 2017 | 6:54pm EST

U.S. comedian Ralphie May has died, aged 45.
The heavyweight stand-up became an overnight sensation after finishing second on TV show Last Comic Standing in 2003.
Since then he has starred in his own TV specials and become a regular performer in New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
He landed his first major residency in Sin City earlier this year, when he took over the stage at Harrah’s.
Announcing the big news on his website in December, the excited comic wrote: “I’ve been doing comedy for almost 28 years and to have a show on the Vegas Strip is a real honor. Harrah’s and I are gonna put together a hilarious, no-holds-barred comedy show.
“We wanted it to be a late night, dirty, filthy show where nothing is off limits. With that said, up front, you know me, I’ll tell it like it is, Jack! And I’ll have no apologies. See you in Vegas. Let’s have some laughs then hit the tables.”
Reports suggest May, who was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was battling pneumonia when he passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest on Friday.