Jack Wishna, a man known for making connections in Las Vegas, was found dead today at his home in Sin City.
According to the Denver Post, police have determined that Wishna committed suicide in the garage of his Las Vegas home. Clark County Coroner Michael Murphy said Wednesday that Wishna died of carbon monoxide intoxication. He was 54-years-old. He is survived by his wife Donna.
Wishna was known as a deal maker in Las Vegas. He was partly responsible for bringing Wayne Newton, Donald Trump, and Michael Jackson to Las Vegas. He also consulted or worked with blockbuster music acts like Brittany Spears, Madonna and Michael Flatley.
Wayne Newton said in a statement:
“It comes as a tremendous surprise. Jack and Donna have been longtime friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with Donna during this time of great loss. Jack will be missed.”
According to Mercury News, Wishna helped orchestrate the multi-million dollar deal that brought Wayne Newton to the Stardust Casino. He introduced Donald Trump to Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin. The two would build the Trump International Tower together in Las Vegas in 2008. He also tried to persuade Michael Jackson to become a permanent fixture in Las Vegas much like Wayne Newton.
After the singer’s death, Wishna established a Michael Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil show.