COMEDIAN Ralphie May has died.
The Last Comic Standing star – who came second on the series in 2003 – passed away aged 45 after suffering a cardiac arrest at a private residence in Las Vegas, TMZ has confirmed.
Ralphie had been suffering from pneumonia for six weeks leading up to his death.
The stand-up comedian split with his wife Lahna Turner in 2015 and the pair had a bitter divorce battle.
In February the divorce took a turn when court documents obtained by TMZ claimed that Ralphie had become “sexually abusive” towards her.
They also claimed the comic was a drug taker who would abuse drugs in front of the couple’s two children.
He was then required to have monitored visitation with the children, something the documents claim made him become more “aggressive”.
Turner was awarded a partial restraining order during the battle which barred him from harassing her.
While his personal life was troubled, his professional life was going from strength to strength.
He appeared on television on shows like The Wayne Brady Show, The Tonight Show.
Ralphie also released a comedy album in 2005 called Just Correct.
He went on to record four comedy specials for Comedy Central.
The first, Girth of a Nation was released in 2006, Prime Cut in 2007, Austin-tatious in 2008 and Too Big To Ignore in 2012.
He later moved to Netflix to record Unruly in 2015 and then Imperfectly Yours in the same year.
He is survived by his two children.
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