Vegas Entertainer Danny Gans Dies at 52
Singer-impressionist Danny Gans has died, according to CNN. He was 52.
Since February, Gans performed at the Encore Theater at the Encore and Wynn Las Vegas hotels. For the nine years before that, he was the in-house entertainer for the Mirage Hotel.
During his 13-year residency in Las Vegas, he was voted the city's Entertainer of the Year 11 times. Gans' popular stage show centered on his dozens of celebrity impressions, including those of George Burns, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Regis Philbin, Johnny Carson, Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino and even — d'oh! — Homer and Marge Simpson. (You might also remember him as Deke in Bull Durham.)
Gans' official website posted a statement Friday: "We are all deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Danny Gans on May 1, 2009. He was an extraordinary performer and a part of our family. We'll continue to honor him by never forgetting the way in which he's touched so many lives."
No cause of death has been released. Gans is survived by his wife and three children.