Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel President Randy Kwasniewski Commits Suicide

by William ASTON on March 11, 2010

Officials say that the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s chief operating officer, Randy Kwasniewski, was found dead at his home Tuesday. Police are said to have been dispatched to respond to reports that a man was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In a statement the casino released, they expressed sadness and offered prayers for his family. However, they didn’t give any details about what happened.

Bill Cassell, a Las Vegas police officer, says that officers went to the house just before 10am after reports of a man found dead from a gunshot wound. Detectives were called to Kwasniewski’s home later, according to Lt. George Castro. No other details were available.

David Chesnoff, a family attorney and friend, asked for privacy for the family. He said that Kwasniewski was loyal to his friends and family, hardworking and kind. The family asks that everyone respect their privacy, he added.

The Hard Rock property is owned by Morgans Hotel Group, a New York-based company, and an equity partner. The group’s chief executive, Fred Kleisner, said that Kwasniewski was a dedicated father and husband and a valued colleague. He continued that he had worked with Kwasniewski since 1995, saying that they were more than just colleagues; they were friends. Kleisner praised him for his focus, work ethic and knowledge, adding that they will all mourn his loss.

Kwasniewski, 55, started his career with Hyatt Hotels in 1974 and also worked at Starwood Hotels & Resorts as an executive. He had been president of the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, as well as Morgans Hotel Group’s Las Vegas division president, since late 2006.

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