Jack Wishna, an influential Las Vegas deal maker with a client list that included Michael Jackson, Donald Trump and Wayne Newton, was found dead at his home on Tuesday.
The development was first reported by entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs. Another source said a death was reported at Wishna’s residence.
Wishna was instrumental in arranging Jackson’s 2006 move from self-exile in Ireland to Las Vegas, where the pop icon hoped to launch a comeback.
He was an intermediary during the process that led Trump to build his first tower in Las Vegas in 2008. In 1999, Wishna engineered Newton’s return to Las Vegas as a headliner.
Among the deals Wishna said he pursued for Jackson included a marriage with Cirque du Soleil, ala Cirque’s collaboration with The Beatles music.
–NORM CLARKE, Vegas Confidential