Key Fechser, the grandson of Benny Binion, died Jan. 28 of an apparent heart attack while visiting his son, T.J. Fechser, in Santa Fe, N.M., family members inform me. He was 55.
Key was a hard-partying guy for many years, but he was also a loving dad and avid outdoorsman. He was raised in the family gambling business and in recent years spent part of his summers in Alaska.
He also was a witness in the murder trial of Sandy Murphy and Rick Tabish following the suspicious death of his uncle, the even more wild living Ted Binion. Although Murphy and Tabish were convicted in their first trial, a second jury failed to convict.