Phil Maloof, one of the members of the famous Maloof family and the uncle of Adrienne Maloof, passed away in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 4 due to complications from coronavirus (COVID-19). He was 93.
George Maloof Jr., Phil's nephew, confirmed his passing to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “He was a great man who loved his dogs and his collection of classic cars, art, and theater pipe organs,” George, who is Adrienne's younger brother, told the publication. “He was a bachelor, he never married. He had been stricken with coronavirus and was diabetic and had been ill of late.”
Adrienne paid tribute to her late uncle on Instagram on April 6 with a photo that showed Phil's warm and jovial spirit, making it clear why he was lovingly known as "Uncle Phil" to all in the Las Vegas community. "We lost my uncle, Phil Maloof to COVID-19 this past weekend," Adrienne wrote in the post. "Bless him and the extraordinary life he lived. Rest In Peace."
Phil was the younger brother of Adrienne's late father, George Maloof Sr. Their family immigrated from Lebanon to the United States in the early 1900s and settled in Las Vegas, New Mexico, where they entered the grocery business, according to Phil's official website. The Maloof family would later expand their business empire to include the largest Coors distributorship in the Southwest, Las Vegas hotels and casinos, and professional sports teams.
Phil was an avid collector, who proudly displayed his treasures on his website, from theater organs to art. “He owned over 200 classic cars, and thousands of paintings,” George told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “He also owned the original Roxy Theater pipe organ from New York, which was featured at the Fiesta in North Las Vegas.”
His website described Phil as "a man of sentiment and of simple pleasures."
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