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Danny Gans Las Vegas Death Probe Ends with Publishing of 911 Tape Transcript

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.

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Entertainer Danny Gans’ Death Linked to “Drug Store Heroin”

Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy ruled yesterday that Danny Gans’ sudden death on May 1 in his Henderson, Nevada home at the age of 52 was accidental caused by acute toxic levels of the prescription painkiller clinically known as hydromorphone.    The drug – used to relieve moderate to severe chronic pain – interacted with his other heart and blood disease drugs. 

“Mr. Gans’ health conditions placed him at greater risk for heart irregularities, and the hydromorphone was a factor that exacerbated those risks,” said Murphy. 

The drug otherwise known as Dilaudid, is a highly addictive opiate nicknamed “drug store heroin” that is two to eight times more potent than morphine and  a drug not meant for long-term usage.  Drug side effects include high dose tolerance leading to dependence, troubled and slowed breathing, and impairment of mental and physical performance.  It is such a potent and powerful central-acting prescription drug that it can’t be called in to the pharmacy like most other drugs, but rather the prescription has to be handwritten and personally delivered. 

Some contend that the prescription was not a recent one, rather just an old prescription that Gans kept in his medicine cabinet.

This is also the same drug that was a top favorite of iconic entertainer Elvis Presley, who also died young at 42.  Although Dilaudid was not found in the many drugs discovered in Elvis’ system when he died, he was quoted in the book “Elvis: The Final Years,” as telling the wife of Red West, a member of Elvis’ inner circle, “I’ve tried them all, honey, and believe me, Dilaudid is the best.”

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