Jan 29, 2010 9:09 PM
COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Richard J. Schilling Jr., one of the owners of northern Kentucky's Beverly Hills Supper Club where a 1977 fire killed 165 people, has died. He was 62.
Family spokesman Jeff Wellemeyer of Louisville said Schilling, who had suffered from colon cancer, died Wednesday at his home in Boca Raton, Fla.
Schilling also ran the Islands Restaurant on the Ohio River waterfront in Newport in the 1980s.
The Kentucky Enquirer reported Schilling and his brother, Ron, turned a former floating riverfront nightclub called Splash into the Splash Casino in 1992 after they sent it to Tunica, Miss.
He was also an owner of Harlow's Casino Resort & Hotel in Greenville, Miss., which opened in 2007.
Mass will be held Thursday at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Fort Wright with burial in Louisville.