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Las Vegas Journalist Dies In Hawaii

September 4, 1987

HONOLULU (AP) _ Las Vegas journalist Ned Day, known for his attacks on mob figures, died Thursday after apparently suffering a heart attack while swimming, authorities said. He was 42.

Day, a television anchorman and newspaper columnist, had been vacationing in Hawaii the past week.

He was swimming in Hanauma Bay near Honolulu when he came out of the water complaining of chest pains, said Geoff Shon, a Honolulu firefighter.

Day collapsed on the beach and lifeguards attempted to revive him, Shon said. He was pronounced dead at Queen’s Hospital.

Day was an award-winning columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and had been managing editor of KLAS-TV. He recently became a news anchor at the station.

A Milwaukee native, Day began his career in Las Vegas with the Valley Times, which ceased publication three years ago. He became a columnist with the Review-Journal and was cited several times by the Nevada Press Association for best local column.

Day was known for his biting commentary on a wide range of targets, from the city’s hierarchy to mob figures, particularly the late Tony Spilotro, identified by officials as the Las Vegas overseer for Chicago crime figures.

Day’s car was destroyed by fire in July 1986 in what police theorized was a warning. His car had been vandalized a year earlier after he wrote several articles about mob figures.

Spilotro was killed gangland style last year. His body, and that of his brother, Michael, were found buried in an Indiana farm field.

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