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JOSEPH BURT, VEGAS HOTELIER, KILLED IN CRASH

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Joseph Burt, chief executive officer of the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, was killed in a motorcycle accident north of the Grand Canyon, authorities said Thursday.

Burt, 44, was killed when his motorcycle crossed the center lane on Arizona 89A and ran head-on into a car about 1 p.m. Wednesday, said Becky Smith, a state Department of Public Safety dispatcher in Flagstaff.Officials didn't list the victim's occupation and Aladdin officials refused to confirm the report. But Ted Spillsbury, whose Spillsbury Mortuary in St. George prepared the body of the crash victim, said the victim was the hotel executive.

Burt, the central figure in the struggling company's climb out of bankruptcy, is the sole holder of its state gambling license. It was unclear how the death of the licensee would affect the casino.

The wreck occurred 12 miles north of this hamlet in the Kaibab National Forest, in a remote section of Arizona north of the Grand Canyon.

The occupants of the Mitsubishi Mirage struck by Burt's motorcycle were uninjured, Smith said. Burt was wearing a helmet when his 1993 Harley Davidson cycle crossed the center line while negotiating a curve in clear weather, Smith said.

There was no mention of the possibility of alcohol or any other factors being linked to the accident, she said. Burt was pronounced dead at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.