Sheldon Adelson dead at 87 – Las Vegas Sands Corporation founder and GOP megadonor passes away after illness

LAS Vegas Sands Corporation founder Sheldon Adelson has died at 87 years old.

His wife, Dr Miriam Adelson, confirmed the news on Tuesday morning.

"It is with unbearable pain that I announce the death of my husband, Sheldon G. Adelson, of complications from a long illness," she said in a statement.

Adelson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2019 and recently resumed treatment.

She dubbed the casino mogul as the "love of my life" and her "soulmate," before saying he is "utterly irreplaceable."

Adelson is survived by his wife, five children and grandchildren.

President Bush released a statement in tribute to his "friend" Adelson, who he praised as an "American patriot."

"Sheldon battled his way out of a tough Boston neighborhood to build a successful enterprise that loyally employed tens of thousands – and entertained millions," the statement read.

Donald Trump's eldest son, Don Jr, also paid tribute to the casino giant, saying: "He treated his employees like family. His philanthropic generosity changed countless lives."

According to Forbes, Adelson had a net worth of $35.6billion as of Monday.

He started out in the casino business in 1989 when purchasing the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for $128million.

In 2007, he opened Venetian Macao on the Cotai Strip in the region of the People's Republic of China.

Three years later, he opened Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore.

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