For many citizens of Las Vegas and throughout the United States, entertainer Danny Gans was an iconic figure, as much a part of Las Vegas background as the Mirage where he worked for almost nine years. So it stands to reason that the 911 tape of Gans’s wife trying to resuscitate him would be equally memorable.
It also closes the books on a police case that has had speculation buzzing for over a month.
According to The Associated Press, Clark County Police released the 911 tape, along with an incident report that details the police’s response to the emergency call.
On the tape, Julie Gans can be heard telling dispatcher Kaulana Flatt: “My husband, um, I can’t wake him up.”
“Is he breathing?” Flatt said.
“I can’t tell,” Julie Gans replies. “I can’t hear anything. I’m trying to feel a pulse.”
The line then falls silent for several seconds as Julie Gans begins chest compressions. She can be overheard saying “One, two, three, four, five.”
For over three minutes, Julie Gans valiantly tries to revive her husband as Flatt coaches her. The call is time stamped at 3:40 a.m. Police arrived seven minutes later. Danny Gans was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
According to Clark County coroner report, Gans died of an adverse reaction to the painkiller hydromorphone–better known as dilaudid, a powerful opiate used to control pain. In an interview later with police, Julie Gans confirmed that Danny was prescribed hydromorphone by doctors, but that he didn’t use it regularly.
According to Julie Gans, on the day of Danny’s death, her husband played golf, received a massage and went to bed. Julie Gans noticed something was wrong when she woke up and noticed he wasn’t snoring. That’s when she called 911.
According to Detective Chad Mitchell of the Las Vegas Police Department, Julie Gans complied with a criminal forensic expert’s request to view Danny Gans’s medication.
Foul play is not suspected in Gans’ death.
For over a decade, Danny Gans was a mainstay in on the Las Vegas entertainment scene, performing initially as a comedian in corporate functions throughout the United States. In 2000, Gans signed with the Mirage, a sister casino of the recently built Wynn Encore casino in Las Vegas.