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Comedian Ralphie May DEAD at 45

Comedian Ralphie May has died at the age of 45 … TMZ has learned.

Ralphie had been battling pneumonia over the last week, but he kept performing.

Ralphie’s stand-up comedy career took off after he finished second on “Last Comic Standing” in 2003. Since then he’s had several televised comedy specials — mostly on Netflix and Comedy Central — and he’s continued touring, almost non-stop, around the country.

In 2015 he and his wife Lahna Turner, also a comedian, filed for divorce. Ralphie was devastated by the split … which got extremely nasty, especially when it came to the custody battle over their 2 kids.

Two days ago Ralphie tweeted that he won Casino Comedian of the Year.