Mark Tan

Mark Tan, a Las Vegas-based writer and critic for various newspapers, died April 25 of complications from an aneurysm in Las Vegas. He was 60.

Tan was reared in Philadelphia and graduated from high school at age 14.After serving in the Air Force, he settled in Vegas, where he worked in advertising and publicity.

He subsequently wrote for the Las Vegas Visitor, Marquee, Las Vegas Entertainment and the Hollywood Reporter; and most recently served as editor and co-founder of Dirt Alert, an entertainment newspaper focusing on jobs for singers, dancers and other musical performers.

As an independent producer, Tan produced “Las Vegas Illusions” for the Royal York Hotel in Toronto and “Rhinestone Scandolls,” which toured South Africa and Hawaii.

Tan also wrote several novels and TV and movie scripts, and created the board game “That’s Hollywood.”

He is survived by his daughter, two grandsons, his mother and a brother.

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