Ralphie May, former Last Comic Standing contestant, dead at 45

She said he had been fighting pneumonia, which caused him to cancel a few appearances in the past month. On Wednesday, the round-faced May was named casino comedian of the year at the Global Gaming Expo. His body was found Friday morning at a private residence in Las Vegas. May, a Tennessee native who was raised in Arkansas, parlayed a second-place finish on TV’s Last Comic Standing in 2003 into TV and club appearances. He was 45. A spokeswoman for Ralphie May says the comedian has died. © The Associated Press, 2017 He was booked through the rest of 2017 at Harrah’s Las Vegas. In a statement Friday, publicist Stacey Pokluda says May died of cardiac arrest. His publicist said May’s survivors include his wife, Lahna Turner, and children April June and August James.