Gaming Entrepreneur Bob Stupak Dies at 67 - 8 News NOW

Gaming Entrepreneur Bob Stupak Dies at 67

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LAS VEGAS, NV -- Bob Stupak lost his battle against leukemia Friday at Desert Springs Hospital. He was known for building the state's tallest tower.

The developer of the 1,149-foot Stratosphere tower on the Las Vegas Strip died after a long fight with his health.

Stupak, known for outlandish promotions, opened the $550 million Stratosphere hotel-casino in 1996 in hopes that the tower would attract millions of visitors to Sin City. The casino filed for bankruptcy in 1997 and was eventually taken over by billionaire investor Carl Icahn.

Stupak was officially named "Mr. Las Vegas" in 1996 by then-mayor Jan Jones. He once bet $1 million on the Super Bowl, winning $2 million for betting the Cincinnati Bengals in 1989. 

"Bob was an impresario, a ringmaster in the mold of the promoters who made Las Vegas the great town that it is," Mayor Oscar B. Goodman said. "His ingenuity got him into trouble sometimes, but that happens to folks who try to grab the brass ring. I'll miss his impishness."

There are no details on a funeral or memorial. The Stupak family is asking that in lieu of flowers, contributions be sent to the Stupak Community Center in memory of Bob Stupak.

The Stupak Trust
300 South 4th Street, Ste 701
Las Vegas, NV 89101

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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