Siegfried Fischbacher (L) and Roy Horn, of the duo Siegfried & Roy.
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Roy Horn, half of the famed Las Vegas magic and leisure duo Siegfried & Roy, has died of issues associated to coronavirus, associate Siegfried Fischbacher stated in a press release Friday. He was 75.
Final month Horn examined optimistic for the virus that causes COVID-19, a spokesperson for the duo stated. He was being handled at a Las Vegas hospital.
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“At present, the world has misplaced one of many greats of magic, however I’ve misplaced my greatest good friend,” Fischbacher stated. “From the second we met, I knew Roy and I, collectively, would change the world. There could possibly be no Siegfried with out Roy, and no Roy with out Siegfried.”
They placed on reveals in Las Vegas for many years, and their work with huge cats grew to become a staple of leisure on the Strip.
In 2003, a 380-pound tiger, Mantecore, bit Horn’s neck throughout a present on the Mirage Las Vegas. It dragged him off stage. The assault crushed his windpipe and left the then-60-year-old partially paralyzed, ending the long-running “Siegfried & Roy” manufacturing.
Horn was born in wartime Germany as “bombs had been exploding throughout” his mom, in accordance with the pair’s web site.
The duo met greater than 60 in the past once they labored on a cruise ship, Horn as a steward and Siegfriend as a magician, in accordance with the assertion. Horn ended serving to with the act.
“Roy was a fighter his complete life together with throughout these ultimate days,” Fischbacher stated. “I give my heartfelt appreciation to the group of docs, nurses and employees at Mountain View Hospital who labored heroically towards this insidious virus that in the end took Roy’s life.”