Jack Wishna, a Las Vegas dealmaker, was found dead at his home in Henderson, Nev., a suburb of Las Vegas. He was 54.
The circumstances surrounding Wishna’s death are not known, but a report by the AP indicates police do not suspect foul play.
Wishna was responsible for many major Las Vegas deals, including a multi-million arrangement between Wayne Newton and the Stardust Casino. He also brought together Donald Trump and Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin, who together built the Trump International Tower in Las Vegas.
A well-connected and well-known businessman, Wishna is said to have been responsible for talking Michael Jackson into returning to the United States from overseas in the mid-2000s. The pair were discussing a deal for Jackson to headline a themed casino act.
Wayne Newton reportedly calls Wishna a longtime friend, and says he was surprised to hear of his passing.