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  • Hardrock-AndyAndrew “Randy” Kwasniewski, the president and chief operating officer of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is dead. He appears to have taken his own life. His body was found March 9, at his home.

    Kwasniewski, 55, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home by his wife, reports TMZ.

    The Las Vegas Police Department, which has launched an investigation into the death, say they responded to a call at 9:50 a.m. local time and found a man dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    A spokesperson for the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel issued the following statement Tuesday:

    “We are extremely saddened by the loss of Randy, and our hearts and prayers go out to the family. We do not know any further details at this time.”

    Kwasniewski was President of Morgans Hotel Group, Las Vegas, and Chief Operating Officer of the Hard Rock Hotel Inc.  Morgans said that the cause of his death was unknown at this time.

    “I’ve known and worked with Randy since 1995. He was not just one of my colleagues and a leader of our company, he was my friend,” said Fred Kleisner, CEO of Morgans Hotel Group.

    “I know few hotel and casino executives who have the knowledge, focus and work ethic that Randy possessed. I will miss him. All of us at Morgans are deeply saddened by the passing of Randy.

    I know I speak for everyone when I say we all mourn his loss. Randy was a dedicated husband and father, a friend to many of us, and a valued colleague. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.”

    Morgans Hotel Group operates and owns, or has an ownership interest in, Morgans, Royalton and Hudson in New York, Delano and Shore Club in South Beach, Mondrian in Los Angeles, Scottsdale and South Beach, Clift in San Francisco, Ames in Boston, and Sanderson and St Martins Lane in London.

    Morgans Hotel Group and an equity partner also own the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and related assets.

    Kwasniewski joined Morgans Hotel Group in October 2006. He had worked in the hotel industry for approximately 30 years.