Vegas dealmaker found dead

LAS VEGAS - A dealmaker who helped bring Donald Trump to Sin City, courted Michael Jackson for a casino residency and consulted for Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin has been found dead at his home in Las Vegas.

Jack Wishna was found dead at his Las Vegas-area home Tuesday, Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said.

The circumstances surrounding the 54-year-old's death were unknown. Murphy said he hoped investigators would be able to determine the cause of death Wednesday afternoon.

The well-known wheeler-dealer will be remembered for orchestrating a multimillion-dollar agreement between performer Wayne Newton and the Stardust casino, said Dan Wilinsky, a spokesman for Wishna's latest project.

He's credited with bringing Trump and Ruffin together to build the Trump International Tower in Las Vegas, and he was also "instrumental" in convincing Jackson to return from his extended stay abroad in the mid-2000s, said Randall Sullivan, author of Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson.

After the singer's death, Wishna worked to establish a Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil production.