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Coroner: Death of Hard Rock hotel chief a suicide

Updated Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | 2:10 p.m.

Randy Kwasniewski

Randy Kwasniewski

The Clark County Coroner’s Office ruled that Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino President Randy Kwasniewski died Tuesday of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Police responded at 9:50 a.m. to the Summerlin home of Kwasniewski and found him dead. Kwasniewski, 56, was president of Morgans Hotel Group Las Vegas and chief operating officer of Hard Rock Hotel Inc.

A family friend and spokesman, attorney David Chesnoff, expressed sorrow and asked for privacy on behalf of his wife and two children.

He had worked in the hotel industry for about 30 years. Before joining Morgans, he served as senior vice president of Starwood Capital Group, where he played an integral role in the acquisition and operational aspects of Starwood hotel portfolios, including the Societe du Louvre and Le Meridien.

Before joining Starwood Capital Group, he was the vice president of operations for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, where he oversaw all hotel, food and beverage, retail and facilities staffs and operations.

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