Roy Horn, of Siegfried & Roy, has died due to complications related to COVID-19.
Siegfried Fischbacher said in a statement,
“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 Roy and I, together, would change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried.
Roy was a fighter his whole life including during these final days. I give my heartfelt appreciation to the team of doctors, nurses and staff at Mountain View Hospital who worked heroically against this insidious virus that ultimately took Roy’s life.”
The legendary duo mixed magic and exotic cats to routinely sell out the theater at Mirage, between 1990 until Oct. 3, 2003. On that night, Horn was dragged offstage by the tiger Mantecore, ending the show immediately.
Horn spent the next 16-plus years rehabilitating from his injuries, often with Fischbacher at his side.
The duo consistently claimed the cat had latched onto Horn as a way to protect the entertainer, after he had suffered a stroke and toppled over. Throughout his recovery, Horn continued to make personal appearances and remained fond of fans. He visited Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden tiger habitat at The Mirage whenever possible.
Horn said on the night of his 74th birthday in 2018,
“When I am out, I am always performing. The show never ends.”
The Siegfried & Roy show at The Mirage was years ahead of its time. The production cost a then-unheard-of $30 million to produce and employed 267 cast and crew.
The S&R show debuted in Mirage’s 5,000-seat theater in 1990. They would headline 5,750 performances prior to Horn’s injuries. The act returned a final time, at the Keep Memory Alive Power of Love gala at the Bellagio on Feb. 28, 2009, when they made a big cat — later billed as Mantecore himself — vanish.
After their show closed in 2003, they spent most of their time at their 100-acre Little Bavaria estate.
During a conversation near the 10th anniversary of the night the show closed, S&R showed an exhibit in a glass case tucked away in a warehouse. Created by Fischbacher, the scene was a miniature depiction of the act that presented Mantecore — whose name had been known as Montecore until the tiger died in March 2014 — at The Mirage.
The chosen song, Meditation, was a favorite. Fischbacher played the piece for Horn as his partner fought for his life.
During that visit, Horn said,
“I am very grateful, every day, for every breath I am taking. That is my message to anyone who has had a stroke or a heart attack: Keep moving. Make progress. Pull yourself together, because you can do it.”
Roy Horn was 75.
(via Vegas Review Journal)