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Danny Gans Cause of Death Revealed: Hydromorphone Toxicity

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Las Vegas showman Danny Gansdied on May 1, 2009 and his cause of death has finally been released.  According to the Clark County Coroner's Office, the entertainer died accidentally of hydromorphone toxicity and chronic pain syndrome.

According to Coroner Mike Murphy, Gans developed a toxic level of hydromorphone in his system, which caused his respiration to become depressed.  The drug, an opiate, is used to treat chronic pain.  Murphy said that a pre-existing cardiovascular condition also contributed to his death.

The drug hydromorphone is used widely for acute pain.  Gans suffered from chronic pain syndrome, a condition where the body sends persistent pain signals that keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years.  Some suffer in the absence of any known injury or illness.

In Gans case, he had undergone shoulder surgery in November 2008.  Because he was experiencing a great deal of pain many months later, his surgeon operated again in March 2009 to remove scar tissue.  According to Gans' manager, the pain caused many sleepless nights for the entertainer.  In their last conversation, a day prior to his untimely death, Gans told Chip Lightman that he hadn't been sleeping.

For those looking for a specific definition of hydromorphone toxicity: the drug is a habit forming potent centrally-acting analgesic.  The down side is the dose-related respiratory depression and sometimes circulatory depression.  Massive overdoses are rarely observed, but when they occur they may lead to circulatory system collapse.

Gans is survived by his wife Julie Gans and their three children; Andrew, Amy and Emily.

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My husband and I went to two of Dannys' shows in Vegas. We so enjoyed his shows. He was the best all around entertainer we have ever seen. He was also a very kind and decent man, whom I understand did a lot for others. He is surely missed. RIP Danny.


My parents and sister and I saw Danny Gans in Vegas in the late 90's as a treat given by my uncle. We were honored to have front row seats at that show. What a treat it was and to find what a talent Mr Gans was. Afterwards I purchased a 25 min video of highlights of his performances. Haven't watched it in years and just came across it and watched it. Decided to 'google' him and see what he's up to. How shocked I am to have found he died just over one year ago. What a tragedy. Sympathies go to his dear family. What a shame.


One of the best intertainers that I have ever seen.My hope is that, he is singing with jesus now and forever more.


May he RIP. I remember seeing his billboards all over the place.


I feel blessed that I had a chance to see his show. Almost a year later and I'm still saddened by this loss.


The Pharmaceutical industry is killing the American population, one person at a time. These Food and Drug Administration is a CRIMINAL agency for allowing these types of drugs to be on the market. ALL because they refuse to introduce the American population to natural remedies. It is disgusting that this young man would be prescribed such a drug when the MORONS ... his doctors knew he had a heart condition. This is simply recklessness and his wife should sue the pharmaceutical industry and his doctor; what an avoidable travesty. Uhk!