The world of comedy lost one of it’s best today as word surfaced that Ralphie May was found unconscious at a private residence in Las Vegas. It was later reported he died of cardiac arrest according to his representative Stacey Pokluda.
Cardiac Arrest occurs when an electrical problem causes the heart to stop pumping completely. When that happens, oxygenated blood fails to reach the brain, lungs and other organs.
May was currently performing in Las Vegas which is why he was there in the first place. He had a permanent residence at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. May had just performed Thursday night at the venue.
Previously May cancelled a few shows because he was battling Pneumonia, which lasted a few weeks.
May’s passing had a great significance for the AME Experience because he was our first major celebrity to interview with us, back when we were The Expressionist Magazine. We met May at Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa, FL and had a live streaming interview on stage before he was to perform there that night.
His comedy never stopped even when he wasn’t performing. As we prepared for the live streaming even, May pointed out how incredibly similar we were to the legendary comedy duo David Spade and Chris Farley. He said and I quote:
Dude, you know we look just like Chris Farley… guess which one I would be! (LOL). Look why don’t you give me that shirt and I’ll put it on and play “Fat Guy in a Little Coat”, one of the iconic scenes from Tommy Boy.
I couldn’t help but laugh… he wasn’t wrong. I was called David Spade throughout high school because of the uncanny likeness I shared with the SNL comedian. May, was a huge individual which he poked fun of during his show, making him a sure ringer for Farley in this make believe session.
For a while post show, we continued to talk over social media platforms like MySpace and the budding Facebook. Ralphie loved his fans; if he wasn’t making people laugh he just wasn’t happy himself.
The news of his passing has shook us here at the AME Experience and our deepest condolences goes out to the May family during this time.