Paul San Filipo was an American businessman and nightclub owner who was known for his successful LGBTQ+ nightlife ventures Gipsy and Piranha Nightclub in Las Vegas. He was also the biological father of Owen Vanessa Elliot, the daughter of the late singer Cass Elliot of the Mamas and The Papas. He died on April 4, 2022, in his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the age of 58. The exact cause of his death was not revealed, but the police and the coroner were investigating his case.
How He Became a Nightlife Pioneer
Paul San Filipo was born on March 5, 1964, in Northridge, California. He moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1985, where he worked as a bartender and a manager at various clubs. In 1994, he bought Gipsy Nightclub from Chuck Melfi, and turned it into one of the most popular LGBTQ+ nightclubs in Las Vegas. He also opened Piranha Nightclub in 2006, which became a celebrity hotspot and a nightlife destination for locals and tourists alike. He was credited for putting the Las Vegas LGBTQ+ scene on the map, and for supporting the community through his charity work and events. He also appeared in an episode of the TV reality series Bar Rescue, where he received advice from Jon Taffer on how to improve his business.
How He Lived His Personal Life
Paul San Filipo was married twice, but both marriages ended in divorce. He had four children: Debby, Kelli, Travis, and Kane. He also had a daughter, Owen Vanessa Elliot, with singer Cass Elliot, whom he never publicly acknowledged as his own. Owen was raised by Cass and her husband, Donald von Wiedenman, until Cass died in 1974. Owen later found out that Paul was her biological father, with the help of Michelle Phillips, another member of the Mamas and The Papas.
Paul had many friends in the entertainment industry, such as Janet Jackson, who often visited his clubs. He also loved to travel, especially to Hawaii and to Janet’s concerts around the world. He had a passion for animals, and rescued and adopted many cats. He also donated to several animal foundations over the years
How He Died Under Suspicious Circumstances
Paul San Filipo died on April 4, 2022, in his home in the affluent community of Spanish Trails in Las Vegas. His body was discovered by a friend, who called the police. The police said there was no suspicion of foul play, but they opened an active criminal investigation into his death. The coroner also said they were investigating the cause and manner of his death, but they did not disclose any details. Some sources speculated that Paul had health problems related to alcoholism, but this was not confirmed.
Paul’s death shocked and saddened his fans, friends, and family, who paid tribute to him on social media and on the air. His co-workers continued to run Piranha Nightclub, which was still owned by his company Nite Owl, LLC. His other company, Gipsy LLC, announced that they would reopen Gipsy Nightclub in late 2022 in his honor. A memorial website was created for him at www.PaulSanFilipo.com. A private service for family and close friends was held. In lieu of gifts, people were asked to donate to Paul’s favorite