Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year Danny Gans Dies at 52

Wynn sign memorializing Danny Gans
Danny Gans passed away this morning from unknown causes.  Gans, who was 52, was one of the most well-known entertainers on the strip and honored with the Entertainer of the Year award for 12 years in a row (Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com)

VegasNews.com has obtained comments from local celebrities such as these:

Danny stood atop not one mountain but two: professional sports and Las Vegas entertainment. Either alone would be a lifetimes’ accomplishment for most people. Danny did both with style and grace. Las Vegas is blessed to have known such a kind and generous man. Our most sincere condolences to his family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

— Kevin Burke ­ Defending the Caveman and Fitz of Laughter

Cher is saddened by the death of Danny Gans and would like to share her thoughts:

“I was shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of such a unique and gifted talent.”

– Cher

In addition, photographer Erik Kabik captured some photos of the Wynn and Encore signs as they now stand in tribute to the popular performer, as well as some photos of Gans when he spoke at the Best of Las Vegas Awards in the Zumanity Theater at New York-New York.

This is the official statement from Wynn Las Vegas

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 impossible.”

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 family.

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 Emily.”

Encore memorial sign for Danny Gans
Encore memorial sign for Danny Gans

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

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Danny Gans at the Best of Las Vegas Awards in the Zumanity Theater at New York-New York

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Danny Gans at the Best of Las Vegas Awards in the Zumanity Theater at New York-New York
Danny Gans at the Best of Las Vegas Awards in the Zumanity Theater at New York-New York

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Signs outside the Danny Gans Theater
Wynn sign memorializing Danny Gans

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Signs outside the Danny Gans Theater
Signs outside the Danny Gans Theater

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Encore sign memorializing Danny Gans
Encore sign memorializing Danny Gans

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com