The famous American comedian, Ralphie May, spent most of his life making others happy with his hilarious jokes. May was also well-known for his funny acting in multiple shows at a single time. Ralphie was successful in his comedy and acting career but he wasn’t on very good terms with his health.
Throughout Ralphie’s life, he struggled with obesity. You can imagine his struggle by the fact that at a time, his weight crossed 800 pounds (360 KGs)! That was his heaviest. May gained weight because of an accident in his early years.
May started gaining weight after his car accident. He was only 16 years old when this happened. The accident was very severe that even the mere survival of Ralphie seemed impossible. But he survived. However, that accident caused a lot of health issues for May that contributed to his being obese.
How did Ralphie lose weight?
With the passage of time, his weight continued to increase. It was becoming a mere threat to his health. Most of the time, May was struggling with his health. Doctors advised Ralphie that he should consider a weight loss procedure, otherwise, his weight would become a very big issue.
When May reached his heaviest (800 Pounds), he took the decision to slay the dragon. In 2004, at the age of 32 years, Ralphie underwent gastric bypass surgery. For this purpose, he joined the VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club. In that surgery, he lost more than half of his body weight which was 450 pounds.
May’s sudden transformation from 800 to 350 pounds shook not only his fans but a lot of others as well. He became kind of a celebrity of that matter. May did lose a huge amount of weight, however, his health wasn’t completely fine.
In 2011, Ralphie caught viral pneumonia on a cruise. This incident impacted his health so badly. May became seriously ill and because of illness lost 40 pounds. May recovered but not completely and he didn’t have good health afterwards.
Ralphie did lose 450 pounds but he was still overweight. On October 6, 2017, May went into cardiac arrest. At that time he was also struggling with Pneumonia and wasn’t able to attend events. With that cardiac arrest, May died on October 6, 2017, at the age of 45. People still remember May for his great talent and miss him.