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Former MGM Mirage CEO Lanni diagnosed with cancer

Updated Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009 | 6:10 p.m.

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Terry Lanni

A former chief executive of MGM Mirage has been diagnosed with cancer.

MGM Mirage said Tuesday that Terrence Lanni, 66, requires treatment, including chemotherapy and possibly surgery. Lanni retired last year after more than 13 years leading the Las Vegas-based company.

MGM Mirage CEO Jim Murren says Lanni's "spirits are strong."

More details about the diagnosis are not immediately available.

Lanni first disclosed his illness to casino industry newsletter Gaming Today. The longtime casino executive led MGM Mirage from a one-casino operation to its current state as the largest operator on the Las Vegas Strip.

Immediately after announcing his retirement, Lanni faced questions about whether he misrepresented his academic credentials. Lanni has said the issue of his degree had nothing to do with his retirement, nor was it because of health concerns.

Lanni retired last November after serving as MGM Mirage’s chairman and CEO for 13 years. He joined MGM Grand Inc. in June 1995 as president and chief executive officer and a member of the board. He guided MGM Mirage through mergers with Mirage Resorts (2000) and Mandalay Resort Group (2005). Opening this December, the $8.5 billion CityCenter project was Lanni’s vision.

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