Foxwoods President and CEO dies suddenly

Felix D. Rappaport talks while giving a tour of the Luxor in Las Vegas in 2007. Rappaport president and CEO of the Foxwoods tribal casino in Connecticut was found dead in his home Monday June

Longtime Las Vegas resort executive Felix Rappaport, the president and CEO of the Foxwoods tribal casino in CT, was found dead in his home Monday.

His death was announced by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

"On behalf of the entire Tribal Council, Foxwoods management team and staff, we extend our deepest sympathies to Felix's family", MPTN Chairman Rodney Butler, said.

"We continue to keep Felix's family in our thoughts, and remember the positive impact that he had on all of our lives and the gaming industry at large".

The cause of Rappaport's death has not yet been determined.

An unrivaled and tireless powerhouse during his career, which spanned four decades across major resort gaming operations throughout the country, Rappaport's passion and leadership in hospitality, gaming and entertainment is unmatched. "Our condolences and prayers go out to his family at this hard time".

Officials said Foxwoods CEO and President Felix Rappaport passed away at the casino.

MGM Resorts International Chairman & CEO Jim Murren released a statement about Rappaport's passing.

Before joining Foxwoods, casino officials said Rappaport worked for numerous world's largest and most well-known names in the industry including Station Casinos, Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company, Mirage and Treasure Island.

The largest hotel Rappaport managed in Philadelphia had 500 rooms. Before moving to Nevada, he was an executive with the Hershey Entertainment and Resort Co.

He oversaw New York-New York for five years, introducing Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity, Nine Fine Irishmen, Coyote Ugly and ESPN Zone to the property.

At Foxwoods, he used the Las Vegas strategy to diversify the tribal property into a major attraction with a number of nongaming amenities.

Rappaport died in a suite at Foxwoods, according to the network.

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