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Comedian, Chattanooga native Ralphie May dead at 45

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Comedian Ralphie May, who was born in Chattanooga, died Friday morning after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 45.

"Ralphie had been battling pneumonia and had cancelled a handful of dates over the last month in an effort to recover," his rep said in a statement to E! News.

The funny man is survived by his wife Lahna Turner and children April June May and August James May.

May's career took off after he appeared on the NBC reality competition show "Last Comic Standing."

He finished in second place during the show's the first season. Ralphie would later receive comedy specials on Comedy Central and Netflix.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this story.

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