Ralphie May

Comedian



About

Ralph Duren May (February 17, 1972 – October 6, 2017 - (aged 45)) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. In 2003, May was chosen to participate in the first season of Last Comic Standing. He finished in second place in the competition, with Dat Phan winning first place. Afterwards, May appeared in comedy shows, such as The Wayne Brady Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2005, he was the only white comedian on The Big Black Comedy Show, which also featured Mo'Nique, Rodman, and Vince Morris. In 2005, May released his comedy album Just Correct. He later recorded four Comedy Central specials: Girth of a Nation (2006), Prime Cut (2007), Austin-tatious (2008), and Too Big To Ignore (2012), as well as two Netflix specials titled Unruly (2015) and Imperfectly Yours (2015).<br><br>He appeared in For Da Love of Money. May also performed at the "Gathering of the Juggalos 2012". May suffered from obesity throughout his life. His weight increased to 800 pounds following a car accident at age 16. He participated on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club and had gastric bypass surgery in 2004 which lowered his weight by 350 pounds (160 kg). A bout with viral pneumonia on a cruise in October 2011 caused May to lose 40 pounds. On October 6, 2017, May died of cardiac arrest at the age of 45 after battling pneumonia for several weeks.