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Hard Rock President -- Apparent Suicide

3/9/2010 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The President and Chief Operating Officer of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was found dead today, with an apparent self-inflicted gun wound to the head ... law enforcement tells TMZ.



Andrew (Randy) Kwasniewski
was found by his wife this AM in their Las Vegas home.

The Las Vegas Metro Police Department has launched an investigation. We're told they are viewing it as an apparent suicide.

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16.

jrad247    

Geez, wouldn't wanna be him right now...

1656 days ago
17.

markko    

Don't show a pic of him beforehand. Let's see a current head shot. Hehehe.

1656 days ago
18.

LIFE IS LIFE    

by Kevin Caruso

Over 90 percent of people who die by suicide have a mental illness at the time of their death.

And the most common mental illness is depression.

Untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide.

Untreated mental illness (including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and others) is the cause for the vast majority of suicides.

Also, some people are genetically predisposed to depression, and thus they may not appear to be undergoing any negative life experiences, yet still become depressed, and may die by suicide.

So, some people die by suicide because of a depression that was caused by genetics. You probably have heard about some indivuduals who died by suicide and did not exhibit any symptoms or appear to have any serious problems. In these cases, it is possible that the person had depression that occured because of this genetic factor.

It is very rare that someone dies by suicide because of one cause. Thus, there are usually several causes, and not just one, for suicide.

Many people die by suicide because depression is triggered by several negative life experiences, and the person does not receive treatment – or does not receive effective treatment – for the depression. (Some people need to go through several treatments until they find one that works for them.)

Some of the negative life experiences that may cause depression, and some other causes for depression, include:


The death of a loved one.


A divorce, separation, or breakup of a relationship.


Losing custody of children, or feeling that a child custody decision is not fair.


A serious loss, such as a loss of a job, house, or money.


A serious illness.


A terminal illness.


A serious accident.


Chronic physical pain.


Intense emotional pain.


Loss of hope.



Being victimized (domestic violence, rape, assault, etc).


A loved one being victimized (child murder, child molestation, kidnapping, murder, rape, assault, etc.).


Physical abuse.


Verbal abuse.


Sexual abuse.


Unresolved abuse (of any kind) from the past.


Feeling "trapped" in a situation perceived as negative.


Feeling that things will never "get better."


Feeling helpless.


Serious legal problems, such as criminal prosecution or incarceration.


Feeling "taken advantage of."


Inability to deal with a perceived "humiliating" situation.


Inability to deal with a perceived "failure."


Alcohol abuse.


Drug abuse.


A feeling of not being accepted by family, friends, or society.


A horrible disappointment.


Feeling like one has not lived up to his or her high expectations or those of another.


Bullying. (Adults, as well as children, can be bullied.)


Low self-esteem.

Again, the above causes may trigger depression, and untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide.

Know what the symptoms of depression are – you should review the information on the depression and suicide page of this website – and if you or someone you know is depressed, get help immediately.

And remember that any untreated mental illness, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and others, may cause suicide.

If you or someone you know is suicidal, please read the information on the home page of this website and take immediate action.

1656 days ago
19.

Jennifer    

I so love their Chicken and Mac&cheese. its really good next time yall go their try it at the hard rock cafe

1656 days ago
20.

Mikey    

Wonder what the books look like.

1656 days ago
21.

steve shawn    

Then lousy economy !!! Don't you guys get it??!! The Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas is closing because its losing money and I would'nt be surprised if he killed himself because the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas was losing money too and going under.
Thoughts anyone?

1656 days ago
22.

Afan    

How much do you think he stole and when are they gonna announce it?

1656 days ago
23.

dd    

I agree with you Marc, Las Vegas has been devastated by the economy, highest rate of home foreclosures, and many job losses. Some casinos are going out of business.

1656 days ago
24.

dogger    

I agree. I bet the books look pretty bad. I'm getting emails all the time to stay at the Hard Rock Hotel. I used to go to Vegas 2 times a year. I haven't been in 5 years because of the economy. I'm not alone.

1656 days ago
25.

Casino    

who'd he owe?

1656 days ago
26.

John    

You people are making comments without knowing any details. He may have had a terminal illness for all you know. Better to wait until you know the shot before making cracks. It's bad Karma...

1656 days ago
27.

kittytoes    

New Orleans/Las Vegas.....hmmmmmmmm. Things that make you go HMMMMMMM!!!! Can't wait to hear why he did this to himself. ANOTHER riches to the grave story.

1656 days ago
28.

Jeff    

Randy had a great wife and a son that he would travel with durning his racing career. He was a great guy.

1656 days ago
29.

FASHO THA PLAYA    

Suicide is a indication of depression, no matter who you are and how wealthy u may b once the mind is overpowerd life and everything around you has no significance. Seek help!!!!!!!Learn from others mistakes and don't become a memory.

1655 days ago
30.

Vegas    

You people are inconsiderate! This man has two children and a wife that he left behind. You don't know his story nor know this man to be making such horrible comments or accusations. I feel sorry for Jennifer, Taylor and Dylan!!! RIP Randy

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