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Red McIlvaine

Well-known Las Vegas radio and television personality Red McIlvaine died Monday at Nathan Adelson Hospice following a two-year battle with cancer. He was 64.

McIlvaine had written a column in the Las Vegas Sun for a number of years. In one of his last columns, 11 months ago, McIlvaine wrote about his illness and vowed to battle it to the end. When his cancer was diagnosed two years ago, doctors gave him six months to live.

He told readers the greatest gift “is the ability to cherish our days — one day at a time.”

McIlvaine was known for his humanitarian efforts, and was involved in hundreds of charitable causes.

Last August, a testimonial dinner was held in his honor at the Stardust Hotel. More than 300 friends, including numerous celebrities and the city’s power elite, turned out and contributed some $ 20,000 to a trust fund for his three children.

McIlvaine, weakened by the cancer, appeared overwhelmed at the tribute, but was able to joke with friends about his career and the loss of his trademark red hair to chemotherapy.

Letters praising McIlvaine and his work were read from President Bush and numerous show business figures. Tributes to McIlvaine were also read into the Congressional Record.

McIlvaine is survived by his wife, Carrie, and three children, Haley, Ryan and Amanda.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday.

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