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Franco Dragone, Vegas entertainment visionary, dies at 69

Franco Dragone created the first Cirque du Soleil shows to play Vegas. He was the architect of Celine Dion’s ground-breaking production show, which would set the stage for superstar resident headliners on the Las Vegas Strip.

And he wasn’t finished.

“We always have several projects on the go,” Dragone CEO Francois Girard said. “This was a devastating surprise to all of us We will look to the future with the strength of the past, on the path paved by an extraordinary man, the legend we have lost.”

Dragone died of a heart attack while conducting business in Cairo, Egypt, on Friday. He was 69. His trip was also a for some needed vacation time. Dragone was a heavy smoker, but was known to be in relatively good health after recovering from leukemia last year.

News of Dragone’s death was posted on his official social media pages at about 11:45 a.m. Friday. The message was simply: “Franco Dragone, 1952-2022.” … link to full length article at Las Vegas Journal