Lance Burton on Gans: 'I am Profoundly Sad'

Lance Burton remembers Danny Gans

Magician Lance Burton has released a statement to "Extra" regarding the passing of his longtime friend and colleague, Danny Gans.

"The news of Danny Gans' passing is unbelievably shocking," Burton writes. "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."

He adds, "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. "

The statement concludes, "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."