Roy Horn of Las Vegas duo Siegfried and Roy dead at 75 from coronavirus

Roy Horn of Las Vegas duo Siegfried and Roy dead at 75 from coronavirus
Roy Horn of Las Vegas duo Siegfried and Roy dead at 75 from coronavirus

Roy Horn, half of famous Las Vegas entertainment and magic duo Siegfried & Roy, died of complications from the coronavirus, partner Siegfried Fischbacher said in a statement on Friday. He was 75 years old.

Horn tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 last month, a duo spokesman said. He was being treated at a Las Vegas hospital and was said to respond well to treatment.

Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend, "said Fischbacher." From the moment we met, I knew that Roy and I, together, would change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy, nor Roy without Siegfried. "

They performed at shows in Las Vegas for decades, and their work with big cats became a staple of entertainment on the Strip.

In 2003, a 380-pound tiger, Mantecore, bit Horn's neck during a show at the Mirage Las Vegas. He dragged him offstage. The attack crushed his windpipe and left the then-60-year-old partially paralyzed, ending long-running production "Siegfried & Roy".

Horn was born in a time of war in Germany when "bombs exploded everywhere" for his mother, according to the couple's website.

The duo met over 60 years ago when they worked on a cruise ship, Horn as a butler and Siegfriend as a magician, according to the statement. Horn ended up helping with the act.

"Roy was a fighter his entire life, even for these past few days," said Fischbacher. "I sincerely thank the team of doctors, nurses, and staff at Mountain View Hospital who worked heroically against this insidious virus that finally took Roy 's life."

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