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Siegfried Fischbacher Biography
Siegfried Fischbacher, who was part of Las Vegas’ famous tiger act duo Siegfried & Roy with Roy Horn, died at the age of 81.
News of his death came from the German newspaper Bild on January 14, which reported that Siegfried’s sister said he “slept quietly and peacefully” in a Las Vegas hospital.
What was the cause of Siegfried’s death? Pancreatic cancer, of which Bild reported that he was dying a couple of days before his death.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote when Roy died: “Together, Siegfried and Roy redefined live magic by combining extraordinary performing art with rare and endangered animals. In doing so, the duo created the modern era for Las Vegas entertainment.
Siegfried’s Sister Was Praying With Him as He Died
According to Bild, Fischbacher’s sister, Dolore, a nun in Munich, Germany, “was still praying for him over the phone half an hour before Siegfried died.”
She said that he couldn’t speak properly, but that she was able to say “okay” at the end of his sentences. Bild wrote: “According to Dolore, these prayers gave her the courage to let go.”
Bild had reported a few days earlier that Fischbacher was terminally ill, writing: “Great concern for Siegfried Fischbacher (81, ‘Siegfried & Roy’). The star magician prepares to die. Nine months after the death of his partner Roy Horn, Fischbacher is terminally ill. ”
Bild spoke to his sister Dolore about him at that time. She said, “I take my brother with me in each of my prayers and I am deeply connected to him.”
Roy Died in May 2020 of Complications of Coronavirus
The other member of the famous Las Vegas duo, Roy Horn, died in May 2020 after contracting the new coronavirus. When Horn died, Fischbacher said in a press release that COVID-19 “finally took Roy’s life.” Horn died just over a week after testing positive for coronavirus. Siegfried called COVID-19 an “insidious virus.”
The press release announced that “Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn, whose collaboration with Siegfried Fischbacher created the world-renowned duo Siegfried & Roy, died of complications from COVID-19 today (May 8, 2020) in a Las Vegas hospital.”
In late April 2020, Horn’s publicist confirmed that he had coronavirus in a statement to ABC News, saying at the time:
We can confirm that Roy Horn has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 and is currently responding well to treatment. Most importantly, Siegfried & Roy send positive wishes to everyone affected by the pandemic. We will have no further comment on Roy’s recovery at this time and we will ask everyone to respect his right to privacy.
Horn was injured by a tiger in 2003. He recovered from those injuries, but they changed his life forever and left him partially paralyzed.
When Horn died, Fischbacher said: “Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend. From the moment we met, I knew that Roy and I, together, would change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried. ”
Fischbacher then addressed Horn’s cause of death in the statement, saying: “Roy was a fighter his entire life, including during these last few days. I give my sincere thanks to the team of Mountain View Hospital doctors, nurses and staff who worked heroically against this insidious virus that finally ended Roy’s life. ”
The Pair Launched Their Vegas Act at the Mirage After Meeting on a Cruise Ship
Siegfried & Roy launched their white lion and tiger act in 1990 at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The show was forever ended by Horn’s injuries from the tiger mutilation, which left him partially paralyzed.
According to the Review-Journal, the duo first met on a cruise ship, where Horn worked as a waiter and Fischbacher as a butler. That was in 1957, and Fischbacher was already performing magic tricks. Horn became his assistant, and they soon had a show in Monte Carlo, where they were discovered.
According to his team’s statement, Horn developed a “connectivity with animals from an early age, beginning with that of his beloved wolfdog Hexe and his cheetah pet, Chico, which he adopted from the Bremen Zoo. While working as a butler on a cruise ship, Roy assisted in a performance of Siegfried’s magic act. After the show, Roy asked the question that changed their lives: “Siegfried, disappearing rabbits are normal, but can you make a cheetah disappear?”
Fischbacher paused and replied, “In magic, anything is possible.” Horn had already smuggled his pet cheetah aboard the cruise ship.
“Thus began a 50-year entertainment odyssey that took Siegfried & Roy around the world, breaking box office records from Japan to Radio City Music Hall,” the statement said. “But it was their four-decade run in Las Vegas that established them as global superstars.”
After their popular Las Vegas show ended in 2003, they spent their time on their 100-acre Las Vegas property, the newspaper reported.