In Memoriam 2017: People We Lost This Year

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Ralphie May

Ralphie May, who parlayed a second-place finish on 2003’s Last Comic Standing into a successful comedy career – with several Comedy Central and Netflix specials – died October 6th in Las Vegas from hypertensive cardiovascular disease. He was 45.

Marc Maron called him a "comic warrior," while Chris Rock recalled, "such a funny guy. My fellow comics, the road is rough. Don’t let it get the best of you." Added Larry the Cable Guy: "You my friend were one of the nicest and kindest out there. Ralphie was one of the first people to congratulate me when I started filming blue collar tv. I'll miss knowing he's not out there anymore. Thanks for your kindness Ralphie."

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