HOUSTON – Ralphie May, 45-year-old comedian, died after suffering cardiac arrest in Las Vegas.
A statement posted to May's Twitter account said he had been battling pneumonia and had canceled performance dates over the last month in order to recover.
The statement said he had performances for a residency at Harrah's Las Vegas for the rest of 2017.
When he was a teenager, he moved to Houston and graduated from High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
May is survived by his wife and two children.
Read reactions from comedians and celebrities below:
I love you RALPHIE MAY— Jon Ferguson Mohr (@jaymohr37) October 6, 2017
Realest dude I’ve ever met.#justcorrect
So sad to hear about Ralphie. Sweet guy. He loved doing stand up and loved comedians. #RIPRalphieMay— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) October 6, 2017
Damn. RIP Ralphie May. Comic warrior.— marc maron (@marcmaron) 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
Ralphie May. Dammit. You were a funny and sweet mofo man. Rest In Peace.— bob saget (@bobsaget) 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
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
Ralphie May RIP funny man. We shared good talks & good laughs . See you on the other side kid— Jim Breuer (@JimBreuer) October 6, 2017
I'm at a loss for words to hear about the passing of comedian Ralfie May. He was a friend to many and a father of 2 beautiful children. RIP😞 pic.twitter.com/nGsq63xN0c— G a b r i e l - I g l e s i a s (@fluffyguy) October 6, 2017