Sin City Headliner Danny Gans Dies

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Danny Gans, a longtime Las Vegas headliner, has passed away in his sleep. The cause of his death is currently unknown. He was 52.

Known as "the man of many voices," Gans began performing on the Strip in Las Vegas in 1996, at the Stratosphere Hotel. Danny moved to The Mirage in 2000, where the Danny Gans Theatre was built in his honor. In early 2009, Gans moved his show to Encore, the sister hotel to the Wynn Las Vegas.

Steve Wynn, the owner of Encore, has released a statement to "Extra" regarding the death of Gans.

It reads: "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."

Danny turned to entertainment after his baseball career was cut short by an injury. "I used to be a professional baseball player -- I played a little minor league ball -- so I can still swing the bat," Gans told "Extra" in 2007.

Gans has performed in Sin City for over 12 years. He was named "Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year" for eleven years straight.

"He was a big inspiration, a great man, very involved in charities, and people really loved him," fellow entertainer Terry Fator tells "Extra."

His death shocked those closest to him, because Danny was a fanatic about staying fit and healthy. Based on the scant details released about the death, "Extra" Lifechanger Dr. Erika Schwartz speculated that Gans may have suffered either a heart attack or a cardiac arrhythmia. "A heart attack is chest pain, it's sweating, it's feeling really sick, it's winding up in the hospital," Schwartz explains. "When you have a cardiac arrhythmia, you just go away and you sleep."

Danny's manager Chip Lightman has also broken his silence on the performer's death, saying, "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."

Gans is survived by his wife Julie, and their three children -- Amy, Andrew and Emily.