Comedian Ralphie May dies of cardiac arrest

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LAS VEGAS — Fans of comedian Ralphie May know the funny man was the first to make a joke about his large size and soaring scale numbers.

On Friday, May died from cardiac arrest at the age of 45.

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May was the breakout star of “Last Comic Standing,” the TV comedy competition that aired in 2003.

“We are heartbroken to announce the untimely death of our friend, Ralphie May … at a private residence in Las Vegas his body was discovered, cause of death is cardiac arrest,” May’s representative said.

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Fellow comedians were quick to take to Twitter and express their grief.

May also was reportedly fighting a bout of pneumonia that forced him to cancel several upcoming shows.

The comedian also had specials on Comedy Central and Netflix, and a residence at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

He is survived by his estranged wife Lahna Turner and two children, April and August.