Comedian Ralphie May died Friday morning of cardiac arrest after battling pneumonia, his manager confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter, among others.
TMZ first reported news of his death at the age of 45.
His body was found inside a private home in Las Vegas, manager Judi Marmel told TMZ.
Earlier this year the comedian kicked off a residency at Harrah's in Las Vegas. According to TMZ, he had performed his show there Thursday night.
He finished second on "Last Comic Standing" in 2003. Just two days before his death, Ralphie May won the Casino Comedian of the Year award at the Global Gaming Expo.
The well-known comedian was considered a life-saver in June 2016 after he saved a child who was choking at the Spokane International Airport. May said in a 2016 tweet the child was not breathing, was blue and going limp. May saved the child by doing the Heimlich Maneuver.
Oh man fellow comedian and friend Ralphie May just died. So crazy. RIP Ralphie. You my friend were one of the nicest and kindest out there.— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) October 6, 2017
I love you @Ralphie_May rest in paradise my friend. Thank you for giving me my first break in hollywood.— Jo Koy (@Jokoy) October 6, 2017
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