Foxwoods CEO dead at 65

Foxwoods CEO dead at 65

June 19, 2018 3:01 AM
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Felix Rappaport, president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino, was found dead on Monday at his personal residence located at the Connecticut casino. A cause of death has not been determined but no foul play is expected according to reports.

Rappaport, 65, has headed Foxwoods, one of the world’s largest, for four-plus years and “his contributions to the organization and the broader Foxwoods team have been profound,” the announcement said.

“On behalf of the entire Tribal Council, Foxwoods management team and staff, we extend our deepest sympathies to Felix’s family,” said Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council, which operates Foxwoods. “With his passing, we have suffered a major loss. Felix’s passion for modernizing and growing Foxwoods, as well as his friendship, mentorship and humor touched everyone who worked with him. We are confident that Felix’s legacy will live on as we continue to push forward on the vision he set.”

Rappaport’s career spanned four decades across major resort gaming operations, working for some of the world’s largest and most well-known names in the industry including Station Casinos, Hershey Entertainment and Resort Company, Mirage and Treasure Island. While working for MGM Resorts International he served as president/COO of Mirage, New York-New York, Luxor and Excalibur.

Considered a visionary in the industry, Rappaport was responsible for bringing new initiatives into Foxwoods that helped make it a world-class destination resort.