CLEVELAND, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Hank Berger, a driving force behind the Cleveland club scene, has died of apparent asthma-related problems at the age of 55.
Berger opened the pioneering gay disco Traxx in the 1970s and was at one point the registered owner of the famed Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, the Cleveland Plain Dealer said Saturday.
The former band manager and magician was a fixture in Cleveland as a club owner, consultant and a broker of bars and restaurants. He was credited with the successful Lakewood clubs Deja vu and Phantasy.
Berger died Tuesday after being hospitalized Oct. 27 with breathing trouble. The funeral was held Saturday in Bay Village, Ohio. Survivors include his wife, Shelley, and two sons.