Danny Gans dead at 52
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Danny Gans dead at 52

Danny Gans dead at 52
Danny Gans, for nearly two decades one of the most popular entertainers on the Las Vegas Strip, died in his sleep early Friday. Gans, who grew up in Torrance, was a popular vocal impressionist who regularly performed for sold-out audiences. (Los Angeles Times)
Danny Gans dead at 52
Danny Gans prepares for a show at the Danny Gans Theatre at the Mirage hotel and casino in 2002. Most recently he headlined at the Encore Theater. (Los Angeles Times)
Danny Gans dead at 52
Danny Gans was known as a hard-working, eager-to-please entertainer who did rapid-fire imitations of a wide range of personalities, such as Tony Bennett, Al Pacino and Sarah Vaughan. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images)
Danny Gans dead at 52
Danny Gans, largely unknown outside Las Vegas, was nevertheless billed as “Entertainer of the Year” -- any year, according to a 2002 Times profile -- in the gambling and entertainment capital. (Los Angeles Times)
Danny Gans dead at 52
Danny Gans promotes his 1995 one-man show, “Danny Gans: The Man of Many Voices,” at New York’s Neil Simon Theater. In the course of a show, Gans would re-create 50 or 60 celebrity voices, mostly singers. (Marty Reichenthal / Associated Press)
Danny Gans dead at 52
Danny Gans grew up with dreams of playing for the Dodgers and had a brief stint in the minor leagues before a career-ending injury pushed him into entertainment. (Los Angeles Times)
Danny Gans dead at 52
Danny Gans was determined to give his Las Vegas audiences an unforgettable show. He told the Times in 2002, “You have to make sure that everybody that walks into that showroom ... they’re in for the greatest moment of their life.” (Aaron Mayes / Las Vegas Sun)
Danny Gans dead at 52
Danny Gans’ family-friendly impressions remained a popular draw even as Las Vegas repeatedly reinvented its image. (Los Angeles Times)
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