Comedian Ralphie May died on October 6 at age 45. He is survived by his wife, fellow comic Lahna Turner, and their two children, April June May and August James May. The couple was in the middle of a divorce, which began in 2015.
May’s death was first reported by TMZ. The site reported that he was suffering from pneumonia for the past six weeks, but kept performing through the illness. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.
May shot to fame after finishing second on Last Comic Standing. He starred in stand-up comedy specials for Comedy Central and Netflix, and never stopped touring.
You can follow the 44-year-old Turner on Twitter.
Here’s what you need to know about Turner and her relationship with May. This is a breaking story and will continue to be updated.
1. Turner & May Filed for Divorce in 2015
May and Turner began divorce proceedings in 2005, when Turner filed for divorce, TMZ reported. She cited irreconcilable differences and was asking for sole physical custody of their kids. She was also asking for joint legal custody.
At the time of May’s death, the divorce was still not finalized. Turner, who also writes comedic songs, wrote about the divorce for Laugh Spin. She wrote that May was “never quite the same” after he was hospitalized for pulmonary embolisms.
“On the Friday before Memorial Day 2015, I got served with divorce papers. I had no idea it was coming. I had just been on the phone with Ralphie about an hour before and I thought it was a productive call. I hung up and it was like ding-dong divorce papers,” Turner wrote. “And then I lost it. I really did. I was barely able to function.”
2. She Created a ‘Comedic Homage’ to Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Called ‘Limade’
3. She Appeared in the 2014 Indie Comedy ‘Teacher of the Year’
4. Tunrer & May Worked on the ‘Perfect 10’ Podcast Together
5. Turner & May Had 2 Children Together, April June & August James
During their 10-year marriage, May and Turner became the parents of two children, daughter April June May and son August James May.
People Magazine reported that April June was born on September 5, 2007. She weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces.
Two years later, People Magazine reported that May and Turner welcomed their second child, August James May, on June 24, 2009. He was born in Nashville, weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces.