The comedy world is bidding farewell to Ralphie May.
E! News confirmed the stand-up comic who became a household name thanks to Last Comic Standing passed away Friday at 45-years-old. He leaves behind children April June and August James as well as his wife, fellow comedian Lahna Turner.
May's rep shared 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."
Only two days ago, the Global Gaming Expo honored May with the Casino Comedian of the Year award and was preparing to continue his residency at Harrah's Las Vegas.
In the wake of his untimely passing, May's celebrity colleagues and other members of the comedy community have flocked to social media with heartwarming tributes to their friend.
This hurts too much. @Ralphie_May helped me so much. Rest In Peace. Thank you for all the love you have given me. Thank you for everything.— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) October 6, 2017
Ralphie May. Dammit. You were a funny and sweet mofo man. Rest In Peace.— bob saget (@bobsaget) October 6, 2017
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
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— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) October 6, 2017
So sad to hear about Ralphie. Sweet guy. He loved doing stand up and loved comedians. #RIPRalphieMay— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) October 6, 2017
Rest In Peace to one of the greatest of all time, Ralphie May. Proud to have called this man not only one of my best friends and mentors, but family. This picture was when he let me open for him at a theatre in Ohio when I was 16..... he was the first person to believe in me. I bugged him on Twitter for a year to get that opening spot for that specific show, he gave in and gave me my shot, and I?d like to think I made him proud. He was also the first comedian to take me on the road with him on a tour bus across the country when I was just 18. He taught me so damn much about comedy, women, life... just about being a good human being and a man. I owe so much to you Ralphie. I love you and miss you already. I know you?re in Heaven making everyone laugh. See you later big bro. ?? #RalphieMay #MattRife
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
Crushed by the news about @Ralphie_May. Forget how funny he was...such a kind, generous soul. We will miss you, brother.— Josh Wolf (@joshwolfcomedy) October 6, 2017
Damn. RIP Ralphie May. Comic warrior.— marc maron (@marcmaron) October 6, 2017
Whoa... man.. this sucks. Ralphie was a good guy & a very funny person. Condolences to his family & fans. https://t.co/M9s6bneAeA— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) October 6, 2017
I love you RALPHIE MAY— Jay Mohr (@jaymohr37) October 6, 2017
Realest dude I?ve ever met.#justcorrect
Damnit @Ralphie_May ! I'm so sad right now. Such a great guy. Rest well, friend. ???— Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) October 6, 2017
Ralphie May RIP funny man. We shared good talks & good laughs . See you on the other side kid— Jim Breuer (@JimBreuer) October 6, 2017
In 2015, May reflected on life as a stand-up comic and his future in the industry during an interview with Bent Source.
"Well, you know, stand-up comedy was never work until I had children," he shared. "Being a great stand-up means there's a price to pay in that that I have to pay, too, and that's that I'm not with my children and my wife. That takes a toll. You miss the things that matter. From pulling teeth to being there in the night for nightmares, snuggles. To sports triumphs, school triumphs. Shows. Things you should be a part of as a parent. Bathing and getting dressed and brushing the teeth of your children and reading stories before bedtime."
"You know, and that's what it's really about, man," Ralphie continued. "That's something that I miss a lot and I don't wanna miss it anymore. It's really hard. So, if I could find something else that would pay as much, or a quarter as much, as what I'm doing now, I'd do it in a heartbeat just so I could sleep in my bed next to my wife and hug and kiss my babies and see them everyday."
We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.