The Luxor is one of the grandest structures in all of Vegas, a vast pyramid that is as visually stunning inside as out. While it is a truly majestic work of architectural design, it is also rumored to be haunted by a construction worker, one of two who were tragically killed while building the luxurious hotel casino. It is also said to be cursed due to its pyramidal shape, having no eye atop the structure to protect it from malicious augury.
The ill-fated construction worker met his untimely demise on December 14, 1992. The tragic tale is often related as the man having fallen from the 10th story during the Luxor’s erection, but in reality, he was crushed by a falling television cart. At least one other worker died during the construction of the hotel, and several others were injured, but no reports could be found as to how.
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It is also said that at least two people have committed suicide at the Luxor by jumping from the balcony-style hallways that surround each floor. One lady reportedly jumped from the 26th floor into an area that was once the buffet; now the hotel’s food court. If you take the Haunted Vegas Tour, they will tell you she was a lady of ill-repute who had contracted aids, and her death resulted in the hotel abolishing the old buffet entirely for fear of anyone else contracting the disease. Her apparition is said to float behind guests traversing the 26th floor, but this paranormal phenomena only seems to be circulated by the Haunted Vegas Tour and no one working at the hotel seems to know anything about it.
The second alleged suicide is that of a man who supposedly jumped from the 10th floor hallway onto a check-out counter, but more believable reports state he was incredibly drunk and his death was accidental.
While rumors continue to circulate that the Luxor is haunted by the unfortunate construction worker, no one seems to be able to come up with any reports of employees or guests who have actually seen any ghostly apparitions. In fact, the majority of employees, when asked, have stated that they had no idea the hotel was even the suspect of paranormal activity, or that people had died during its assembly.
Whether the Luxor is actually haunted or not remains to be proven, and is, at this point, considered doubtful, there may be some warrant to the accusations of its accursed nature. There are many who believe the pyramidal shape of a structure exudes mystical properties of a most malicious nature; properties that can only be thwarted by placing a synthetic eye atop the summit of the pyramid.
There are a number of strange occurrences that have transpired since the Luxor was first opened to the public in 1993 that support this theory.
Most recently, three guests were diagnosed with Legionnaires disease, a bacterial infection that is potentially fatal and most often transmitted by a permeating aquatic organism when the water temperature is elevated to 77-113 °F. Two guests were diagnosed in the Spring of 2011, promptly treated and fully recovered. The water at the Luxor was tested, but no trace of Legionnaires was reported. In early January 2012, a third case was discovered, but not until it was too late. After the guest died, the water supply was assessed once more and this time the samples tested positive for the deadly bacteria.
26 year old Demario Reynolds, a UNLV football player at the time, was pronounced dead at the Luxor on June 19, 2010. He had gotten into a fight with another guest of the hotel, a mixed martial arts expert. According to reports, the assailant was about to hit his own girlfriend when Reynolds intervened. There were multiple causes of death cited, one being a result of the physical altercation and a possible secondary cause being from the presence of alcohol, cocaine and ecstasy in his system. Immediately after the altercation, Reynolds fell to the floor unconscious, never to wake again. The death was officially ruled a homicide and the assailant charged with murder.
Another bizarre occurrence took place on May 7, 2007 when a vehicle in the parking garage suddenly exploded. One of the hotel’s employees who worked at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Stand was killed instantly. Authorities reported a homemade bomb to be the culprit and believe the victim was an intentional target.
These events may seem common place in a location deemed the City of Sin, but to some, such incidents have an ominous ring to them. Maybe the Luxor is cursed, maybe it is not. But it is interesting to note that the Luxor is home to a most cabalistic attraction known as “bodies”, where the preserved and often dissected carcasses of the departed are displayed as a scientific exhibit that some find most disturbing.