The possibility of foul play is being considered in the death of a comedian who was found in a Las Vegas hotel room, police say.
Donny Davis, 43, was found unresponsive last Tuesday at the Las Vegas Resorts World hotel, according to Fox 5 Las Vegas. Davis was taken to Sunrise Hospital and died minutes later.
A Las Vegas Metro Police Department death investigation report cited the Clark County Fire Department as “indicating that they believe foul play may be involved due to the number other subjects in the room and that they were having trouble getting information from them,” according to the outlet.
Davis spent much of the evening with a group of people at the Dawg House bar, located inside the hotel. At one point, he left to meet someone at Flamingo and returned around 2:30 a.m., according to Fox 5. A bartender refused Davis’ service, noting that the customer had been overserved.
Davis was with a friend and three other women, according to a witness report cited by the NBC affiliate Las Vegas News 3.
Davis and his friend returned to the hotel room around 3:30 a.m.
The friend reportedly returned to the bar to retrieve his phone, which he had left as collateral, reports 3 News. He and another woman returned to the room around 5 a.m. to find Davis sitting in a chair. They said his hands “appeared pale instead of his normal light brown color”, according to the inquest report.
Witnesses later reported that Davis’ hands were purple and he did not appear to be breathing. One said his hands were “frozen” and his jaw seemed “frozen”.
Hotel security was called to the Conrad Hotel, part of Resorts World, around 5:30 a.m., finding Davis “in the room turning blue and biting his tongue,” according to a report obtained by People. Security performed chest compressions before Clark County firefighters arrived on the scene.
Davis was taken to the hospital around 6:15 a.m. and pronounced dead at 6:36 a.m., according to Fox 5.
The cause and manner of death have not been released. According to ABC Newsthe Clark County coroner’s office expects a toxicology report in several weeks.
Davis has spent his career as an impersonator, rubbing elbows and performing alongside celebrities such as Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Chelsea Handler. According to TMZDavis was hired as a dancer for Spears’ 2013 residency show in Las Vegas and regularly appeared as a guest on “Chelsea Lately.”
For two decades, the six-foot-high comedian was a fixture at Beacher’s Madhouse, a vaudeville-inspired club at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“Donny broke down barriers in the little people community and was an inspiration to his peers,” club owner Jeff Beacher told TMZ. “He will be sadly missed, but his legacy and the impact he had on those who loved him will live forever.”