Paul San Filipo (Piranha & Gipsy Nightclub) found dead at 58
Paul San Filipo
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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department received information Tuesday, April 5 at about 11:05 am from the 0 block of Sawgrass Ct in the affluent community of Spanish Trails regarding the discovery of a dead body.  

The body was identified as 58-year-old Paul San Filipo, well-known for his highly successful LGBTQ+ nightlife ventures Gipsy and Piranha Nightclub.    

Paul also had a starring role in an episode of the TV reality series Bar Rescue co-starring American entrepreneur Jon Taffer.  

LVMPD indicated an open/active criminal investigation and the Clark County Office of the Coroner / Medical Examiner is also investigating the death.  

Paul purchased Gipsy Nightclub from Chuck Melfi in 1994, once Las Vegas’ most popular LGBTQ+ nightclub.  

Gipsy nightclub became a family business with Paul’s mother, Marilyn ‘Mother’ San Filipo, helping to manage the Gipsy Nightclub until her retirement.  

His mother Marilyn passing in 2001 at the age of 66 was extremely difficult for Paul. Paul is survived by his brother Peter San Filipo and nephew Nicholas San Filipo.  

The Business License Detail Information on the website shows Piranha Nite Club is owned by Nite Owl, LLC.  

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The address 512 E. Naples Dr. is now where the former Gipsy Nightclub building was demolished and is still recorded as being owned by Gipsy LLC.  

Parcel 162-22-304-009, which is where Piranha Nightclub is located, shows ownership information as Wild Dunes Inc with a recorded date of December 17, 2021.    

Information on a memorial or an official obituary has not yet been provided to our LGBTQ+ publications.  

Paul was born on March 5, 1964, at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA.  

This is a developing story.  A memorial website has been created at


Publication Disclosure:   Fab Las Vegas Magazine / and Gay Vegas ® / are owned by Bundle Media Group Inc. or BMG Inc.    

BMG Inc. and its assets were founded by John Bacon.   John officially signed on with 8 1/2 Ultra Lounge - Piranha Nightclub in June of 2006 and remained until 2009.    

Bacon has been credited for moving the LGBTQ+ community patrons to Piranha Nightclub in 2006 among various achievements from 2006 to 2009 creating lasting success for these LGBTQ+ nightlife venues.    

Before John’s involvement, the venues had several “rocky” grand openings as originally reported by Las Vegas CityLife.    

Any information in this article is in no way influenced by this prior business relationship.