AceShowbiz - Two months after comedian Ralphie May died on October 6, the official cause of his death has been revealed. Medical examiners in Las Vegas have determined that the runner-up of season one of "Last Comic Standing" passed away at 45 due to high blood pressure and heart disease.
"Ralphie May's cause of death was hypertensive cardiovascular disease," a spokesperson for the Clark County Coroner told TMZ on Wednesday, December 6. "There were no drugs found in his system at the time of death, so it is being ruled as a natural death."
May died in Las Vegas after suffering cardiac arrest. "We are heartbroken to announce the untimely death of our friend, Ralphie May," the comedian's rep said in a statement. "Ralphie had been battling pneumonia and had cancelled a handful of dates over the last month in an effort to recover. Earlier this morning at a private residence in Las Vegas his body was discovered, cause of death is cardiac arrest."
Just two days before his passing, May "won the Casino Comedian of the Year at the Global Gaming Expo and had performances throughout the remainder of 2017 as part of his residency at Harrah's Las Vegas," according to the rep. The stand-up comic "is survived by his wife Lahna Turner and children April June May and August James May."
May was born on February 17, 1972 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His career as a comedian skyrocketed in 2003 after he was named as the runner up in the first season of "Last Comic Standing". He also starred in several specials of his own, including Netflix's "Imperfectly Yours" in 2013 and 2015's "Unruly".
Following the disheartening news, a slew of celebrities and fellow comedians took to their respective social media accounts to pay tribute to May. Kevin Hart was among those who expressed his condolences, writing, "Wow….I was just told that Ralphie May passed. I'm truly saddened by this. He was a good dude. Heaven just got another funny angel RIP man."