Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year Danny Gans Dies at 52

    LAS VEGAS, May 1 /CNW/ -- Las Vegas legend Danny Gans, headliner at
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, passed away last night at his home in Henderson,
Nevada. He was 52 years old. At this time, his cause of death is unknown.


    Steve Wynn commented: "Elaine and I and all of us in the Company are
devastated at the loss of our brilliant, talented and loving friend. One of
the most unique human beings and entertainers in the world has been taken from
us in an unexpected moment. A profoundly tragic event that leaves us all sad
and speechless. The loss of Danny to his wife Julie, his children Amy, Andrew
and Emily is at this moment impossible to comprehend. We will all try to go on
with our lives without our dear friend. At this moment it seems almost

    Known as the Man of Many Voices, Gans was named Entertainer of the Year
for 12 years in a row in Las Vegas. On top of his record-breaking crowds and
consistently sold out shows, Gans has been showered with accolades and awards
throughout his performing career.

    In February of 2009, Gans debuted his award-winning show at the new
Encore Theater. Prior to his engagement at Encore, Gans spent eight years
performing in his own 1,250-seat theater at the Mirage, which Steve Wynn
originally built for Gans.

    Gans began performing in Las Vegas at The Stratosphere and The Rio after
15 years traveling throughout the U.S., working at his craft and perfecting
his repertoire of impressions. He became one of the most sought-after
performers in the prestigious corporate world, often playing to stadium-sized
crowds for major, international companies such as IBM and McDonald's, and was
the favorite of the Fortune 500 list.

    In 1995 Danny was starring on Broadway in his one-man show and performing
200 concert dates a year. When the opportunity presented itself, Gans chose to
move his show to Las Vegas where he could settle down to a life with his

    Gans hadn't planned to be an entertainer. His boyhood dream was to play
third base for the Los Angeles Dodgers and, after high school, he was drafted
by the Kansas City Royals. The Chicago White Sox drafted Gans after college,
where he was an All American at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Two years later, his
life-long dream came true as he signed that contract and went to the minor
leagues to start his career as a professional athlete. Not long after, a
career-ending injury turned his life upside-down.

    With love and encouragement from his friends and family, Gans shifted his
focus from baseball to entertainment. He was blessed with a marvelous singing
voice, the ability to make people laugh and a rare presence that would
manifest itself throughout his career.

    Danny Gans' Manager Chip Lightman commented: "Danny Gans will not only be
remembered as a Las Vegas entertainer, but as a man who loved his family,
loved God and loved the city of Las Vegas. Danny has been my partner and dear
friend for over 18 years. I will truly miss him. My thoughts and prayers go
out to his wife of 28 years, Julie, and his three children, Amy, Andrew and

    About Wynn Resorts
    Wynn Resorts, Limited (Nasdaq:   WYNN) is traded on the Nasdaq Global
Select Market under the ticker symbol WYNN and is part of the S&P 500 and
NASDAQ-100 Indexes. Wynn Resorts owns and operates Wynn Las Vegas
(, Encore ( and Wynn Macau
( Wynn Las Vegas, a luxury hotel and destination casino
resort located on the Las Vegas Strip features 2,716 luxurious guest rooms and
suites, an approximately 111,000 square foot casino, 22 food and beverage
outlets, an on-site 18-hole golf course, approximately 223,000 square feet of
meeting space, an on-site Ferrari and Maserati dealership, and approximately
74,000 square feet of retail space.

    Encore, the new signature resort in the Wynn collection, opened December
22, 2008. Encore is located immediately adjacent to Wynn Las Vegas and
features 2,034 suites, approximately 72,000 square foot casino, 12 food and
beverage outlets, a night club, a spa and salon, approximately 60,000 square
feet of meeting space and approximately 27,000 square feet of upscale retail

    Wynn Macau is a destination casino resort in the Macau Special
Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China and currently features
600 deluxe hotel rooms and suites, approximately 205,000 square foot casino,
casual and fine dining in five restaurants, approximately 46,000 square feet
of retail space, a health club, pool and spa, along with lounges and meeting


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For further information: Jennifer Dunne, Vice President of Public
Relations and Advertising of Wynn Las Vegas, +1-702-770-2120,

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