June 9th, 2009
06:53 PM ET
Danny Gans' death was an accident. That's according to the coroner's office in Las Vegas, Nevada, which has just issued the results of toxicology tests.
The coroner's report says the entertainer and impressionist suffered a fatal reaction to hydromorphone, a medication he was taking for chronic pain. The report says he also had high blood pressure, which contributed to his death. It explicitly states his death was not due to drug abuse.
Gans was only 52 when he died on May first. His wife called paramedics after she found him in bed, unresponsive.
Gans spent much of his career performing at the Mirage. He was named "entertainer of the year" in Las Vegas 11 times.
Oddly, the Web site for Clark County (which includes a link to the coroner's office) still includes a video of Gans congratulating the county on its 100th anniversary. He does his tribute in the voice of George Burns.
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