Friday, May 1, 2009 at 01:45PM
Dodd Vickers in magician

It was from the AP Newswire that we first learned of the unexpected death of Las Vegas entertainer Danny Gans. According to the report: Danny Gans, one of the most popular entertainers on the Las Vegas Strip for the last decade, died in his sleep Friday. He was 52. Gans was found dead about 3 a.m. by his wife, Julie, at their home in Henderson, said Wynn Resorts spokeswoman Jennifer Dunne.

Following the press releases, Lance Burton emailed us his comments on the passing of his friend.

The news of Danny Gans’ passing is unbelievably shocking. Las Vegas has lost one of its best ambassadors. He was quite simply one of the greatest entertainers ever to step foot onto the stage. In my 27 years in Las Vegas, I have never seen anyone better.

I first worked with Danny over 20 years ago in Palm Springs. President Gerald Ford was in the audience during the benefit at the Bob Hope Theater. As recently as last year I performed with Danny at a benefit show at the Mirage.

He was a dear friend and I am profoundly sad today. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Julie, his children Amy, Andrew, Emily and his longtime friend and manager Chip Lightman.

- Lance Burton

UPDATE: Siegfried and Roy have since issued a statement on the loss of their friend:

"We are devastated at the tragic loss of the great entertainer and Las Vegas icon, Danny Gans. Having performed on the same property with Danny for many years, we were blessed to be touched by his generous spirit, kind heart and insurmountable talent." "Our hearts go out to his family as we join the entertainment community in mourning the loss of our friend. The Las Vegas Strip is better for having had Danny Gans' light shine so brightly, and it will be forever impacted by his loss."

The Magic Newswire also wishes to pass on our heartfelt condolences to his friends and family.

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