Popular standup comedian Ralph O. 'Ralphie' May has died of a cardiac arrest on Friday morning in Las Vegas, PEOPLE confirms.
May's manager 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.'
The statement continued, 'Two days ago he 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.'
In 2003, May competed in the first season of popular reality show Last Comic Sanding, finishing in second place. The comedian went on to record multiple comedy specials for Comedy Central and Netflix, including Girth of a Nation.
Several high-profile celebrities and comedians have mourned May's death.
May and his wife, comedian Lahna Turner, filed for divorce in 2015. The couple have two children, daughter April June, 10, and August May, 8. Our thoughts are with the comedians friends and family at this time.