Ralphie May, 45, Dead of Cardiac Arrest: Comedians Tweet Love and Respect

Comedian has died after suffering heart failure on Friday, TMZ is reporting.  May reportedly went into cardiac arrest after battling pneumonia for six weeks. Despite being ill May had continued to perform in Vegas, with his last performance taking place just last night at Harrahs.

Born in Tennessee, May started his comedy career in Texas when he was just 17. He became famous after coming in second on NBC’s where he became known for talking about being from “da hood”. Over the course of his career May released seven albums, most recently, Unruly in 2015, and recorded six comedy specials including four for Comedy Central, and two for Netflix. He was a fixture at festivals, and never stopped touring.

He was 45.

Comedians took to social media to remember Ralphie who was a friend to many and well respected by other comics. Everyone who knew him loved him, and talked about how he helped their careers, or made introductions for them. His comedy, his big heart and generosity will not be forgotten. There’s no better words to express what he meant to so many people than the words of his friends and fellow comedians.



Rest In Peace to one of the greatest of all time, Ralphie May. Proud to have called this man not only one of my best friends and mentors, but family. This picture was when he let me open for him at a theatre in Ohio when I was 16….. he was the first person to believe in me. I bugged him on Twitter for a year to get that opening spot for that specific show, he gave in and gave me my shot, and I’d like to think I made him proud. He was also the first comedian to take me on the road with him on a tour bus across the country when I was just 18. He taught me so damn much about comedy, women, life… just about being a good human being and a man. I owe so much to you Ralphie. I love you and miss you already. I know you’re in Heaven making everyone laugh. See you later big bro. 😔 #RalphieMay #MattRife

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What a fun fucking day @mrmikecalta #RIPRalphieMay

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