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Danny Gans

Born: 1956-10-25 - Died: 2009-05-01
Cause of Death:
Unknown at this time

Death Summary: Danny Gans died unexpectedly at his Las Vegas, Nevada home.

Gans’ wife found him complaining about shortness of breath around 3:30AM, but by the time the paramedics arrived, there wasn’t anything they could do. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The exact cause of death is unknown at the time of this writing.

Steve WynnSteve Wynn, chief executive of Wynn Resorts, released the following statements through his company that Gans’ death was “a profoundly tragic event that leaves us all sad and speechless.”

”All of us ... are devastated at the loss of our brilliant, talented and loving friend”.

”The loss of Danny to his wife Julie, his children Amy, Andrew and Emily is at this moment impossible to comprehend

Gans’ longtime manager, Chip Lightman, released a statement saying that Gans would be remembered as an entertainer and a man who loved his family, God and the city of Las Vegas, according to the LA Times.

"Danny has been my partner and dear friend for over 18 years. I will truly miss him," Lightman said.

Who was Danny Gans : Gans was a singer, comedian and impressionist who found success with his Las Vegas Strip performances. He had been named Entertainer of the Year, and his show had been awarded Show of the Year.

Bull DurhamBefore Gans made his way to Las Vegas, he was a professional baseball player. His knowledge of the game helped him land a roll in the Kevin Costner movie Bull Durham.

In the mid 1990s Gans moved to Broadway to perform in a very well received one-man show, Danny Gans on Broadway: The Man of Many Voices at the Neil Simon Theater in New York. Shortly after that, he decided to move his career to Las Vegas to reduce time away from his family, which lived in Los Angeles.

In 1996 Gans began his Vegas show career at the Stratosphere Hotel. His next stop was a stint at the Rio Hotel, then the Mirage in 2000 where he worked in a theatre that shared his name… the Danny Gans Theatre.

In early 2009 Gans switched venues once more. This time he found himself nestled between the Encore and Wynn resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. He was performing in a 1,500-seat theatre where he did a show every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Here is a video of Steve Wynn discussing landing Danny Gans for the Encore.

Gans was also very active in the Las Vegas community. He hosted numerous charity events and was prominently featured on billboards and advertisements around town. Most notably is the Las Vegas Strip marquee bearing Gans’ image, which is the largest freestanding marquee in the world.
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