Las Vegas resident, comedian Ralphie May dies of cardiac arrest at 45

LAS VEGAS - A spokeswoman for Ralphie May says the comedian has died. He was 45.

In a statement Friday, publicist Stacey Pokluda says May died of cardiac arrest. She said he had been fighting pneumonia, which caused him to cancel a few appearances in the past month.

His body was found Friday morning at a private residence in Las Vegas.

On Wednesday, the round-faced May was named casino comedian of the year at the Global Gaming Expo. He was booked through the rest of 2017 at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

Caesars Entertainment sent the following statement:

"We are incredibly saddened by the loss of our beloved comedian headliner Ralphie May.  Ralphie played a special role in this world, as he strived to bring joy to all, and over the last year became a cherished member of the Harrah’s Las Vegas family. We will forever be grateful for his laughter and friendship."

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.

His publicist said May’s survivors include his wife, Lahna Turner, and children April June and August James.

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