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September 1, 2014

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Obituaries

  • Longtime Las Vegas newsman Murray Westgate dies at 85
    Aug. 26, 2014
    A memorial service for longtime Las Vegas television and radio newsman Murray Westgate is scheduled for Palm Downtown Mortuary at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 on what would have been his 86th birthday, his family announced late Monday...
  • Joanie Spina.
    Longtime assistant to magician David Copperfield dies at 61
    Aug. 18, 2014
    Joanie Spina, longtime assistant to magician David Copperfield, died Sunday at a Houston hospital while awaiting lung and liver transplants. She was 61. Spina, a Las Vegas resident who also coached young magicians and an aspiring filmmaker, suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable lung disease. She also had been...
  • This April 2, 2013, file image released by the O+M Company shows Elaine Stritch performing her final engagement at the Cafe Carlyle in New York with Rob Bowman at the piano. Stritch died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89.
    Elaine Stritch mourned as a feisty, funny broad
    July 17, 2014
    Elaine Stritch was more than a Broadway actress. She was a New York institution, strolling around in a fur coat, pork pie hat or oversized sunglasses. She often wore shorts and ties, or just black stockings and a white flowing shirt. Her weapon of choice was the zinger.
  • Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, helped by friend Gil Castillo, is introduced to former Houston coach Guy Lewis, helped by daughter Sherry Lewis, before a news conference during the induction weekend for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Springfield, Mass. The two coaches have a combined 1,298-477 record.
    For years, he prepared the wet towel for Jerry Tarkanian to chew
    July 1, 2014
    The most iconic courtside photo of UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, through a career of disappointing defeats and stunning victories and championships, was of him leaning forward ....
  • Jazz giant Jimmy Scott, 88, dies at his Las Vegas home
    June 16, 2014
    http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/ontherecord/2014/06/16/jimmy-scott-rip/
  • Jim and Beverly Rogers arrive at the Epicurean Charitable Foundation's 11th Annual M.E.N.U.S. scholarship fundraiser at the M Resort on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.
    Media mogul remembered as ‘fearless advocate’ for education whose ‘charity was unmatched’
    June 15, 2014
    The staunchest supporters and most outspoken critics of Jim Rogers undoubtedly would agree that so often it seemed that Rogers’ tongue dripped with acid — as did his pen — while he had a heart of gold that overflowed with generosity. But, during his lifetime, Rogers gave away an estimated $4 of every $10 he earned. Rogers died Saturday after battling cancer. He was 75 ...
  • Former Carson City Mayor Marvin Teixeira dies at 79
    June 5, 2014
    Marvin Teixeira, a three-term former mayor of Carson City, died today at his home. He was 79 and had been in failing health for a number of months. He retired...
  • Bob Faiss
    Renowned gaming lawyer Bob Faiss, 79, loses battle with cancer
    June 5, 2014
    Las Vegas attorney Bob Faiss, who virtually singlehandedly oversaw the evolution of Nevada gaming law and went on to become a leading authority in the field both in the United States and internationally...
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer celebrates the Bucs' 48-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII on Jan. 26, 2003, in San Diego. Glazer, the self-made billionaire who owned the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and English soccer's Manchester United, has died. He was 85. The Bucs said Glazer died Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
    Manchester United, Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Glazer dies
    May 28, 2014
    The reclusive Palm Beach businessman had been in failing health since April 2006 when a pair of strokes left him with impaired speech and limited …
  • Long-time friends of Jackie Gaughan arrive for the memorial mass for John Davis "Jackie" Gaughan held at St. Viator Catholic Church in Las Vegas on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2014. From right to left are  Burton Cohen, Gene Kilroy and an unidentified man.
    Longtime gaming executive Burton Cohen dies at age 90
    May 6, 2014
    Burton M. Cohen grew with Las Vegas and, over the last half century, he did his best to push the glittering gaming capital’s growth to unexpected heights. Despite his decades at the helm of some of Las Vegas’s most vital hotel-casinos, Cohen admitted to the Sun in 2005 that he did not foresee...
  • Long-time Las Vegas resident, Emilio Muscelli, poses for a portrait in the back yard of his home over-looking the 5th hole of the Las Vegas Country Club Estate golf course, Monday Jan. 9, 2012. Emilio worked as Vegas' most beloved maitre'd of the Hilton, and the International before that, and befriended many important people in the "who's who" of Vegas, Hollywood, and the world.
    Revered maitre d’ enjoyed decades-long front seat to Las Vegas history
    April 17, 2014
    Emilio Muscelli, an Italian immigrant who worked 27 years as lead maitre d’ at five major Las Vegas resorts, becoming as popular with some customers as the legendary acts that graced the showroom stages, died Tuesday of pneumonia at a Las Vegas hospital. As a revered Las Vegas maitre d’, Muscelli seated thousands of locals and visitors at the Rat Pack’s performances at the Sands in the early 1960s and to Elvis Presley’s attendance-record-setting shows at the Las Vegas Hilton in the 1970s. But he saved the best table for himself ...
  • This April 8, 2004, file photo shows actress Phyllis Frelich posing in New York. Frelich, a Tony award-winning actress who starred in the Broadway version of "Children of a Lesser God," has died. She was 70.
    Tony Award-winning actress Phyllis Frelich dies
    April 12, 2014
    Phyllis Frelich, a Tony Award-winning deaf actress who starred in the Broadway version of "Children of a Lesser God," has died. She was 70.
  • Mickey Rooney attends the Governors Ball after the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theater on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles.
    Mickey Rooney, decades-long fixture in Las Vegas, dead at age 93
    April 7, 2014
    In Las Vegas, Mickey Rooney loved the ladies – he married eight of them including actress Ava Gardner at the Little Chapel of the West on the Strip – as well as swilling booze...
  • In this July 1, 2007, file photo, the Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. prepares to protest outside the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Phelps, the founder of the Kansas church known for anti-gay protests and pickets at military funerals, died Thursday, March 20, 2014. He was 84.
    Anti-gay, hate-preaching pastor Fred Phelps Sr. dies at 84
    March 20, 2014
    Fred Phelps did not care what you thought of his Westboro Baptist Church, nor did he care if you heard its message that society's tolerance for gay people is the root of all earthly evil. All of that was irrelevant to Phelps, who...
  • Comedian David Brenner and his sons Wyatt, 11, center, and Slade,14, watch a boxing match Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, at the Orleans. Oliver McCall won the 10-round fight by unanimous decision over Franklin Lawrence.
    ‘A sad day’: Comedians lament loss of irreverent legend David Brenner
    March 15, 2014
    “He was my hero,” Flamingo headliner George Wallace said when asked about David Brenner, who died today in New York of pancreatic cancer. He was 78. “We dined together frequently. He was the first, young, flashy dresser in the ’70s, and we ...
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