Ralphie May's Cause of Death was High Blood Pressure and an Unhealthy Heart

Ralphie May

Cause of Death

High Blood Pressure, Unhealthy Heart

12/6/2017 1:35 PM PST

EXCLUSIVE

Ralphie May died from hypertensive cardiovascular disease … TMZ has learned.

In layman’s terms, Ralphie had high blood pressure and an unhealthy heart. Someone who is morbidly obese has a propensity for high blood pressure and Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg tells TMZ his weight was a contributing factor in his death.

We’re told drugs and alcohol did not contribute to his death.

The Coroner has classified the death as natural.

TMZ broke the story … Ralphie died in early October from cardiac arrest and after 6 weeks of battling pneumonia. He had performed at Harrah’s in Las Vegas … and the last time anyone saw him was before he walked into his room to eat Jack in the Box.

As we reported … Ralphie talked about his pneumonia battle and appeared to be in no condition to meet and greet fans after his show, but did anyway.

Ralphie was 45.