Siegfried and Roy magician Siegfried Fischbacher dies at 81: Report

January 14, 2021

Illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher, one-half of German-American magic duo Siegfried and Roy, has died at the age of 81.

Fischbacher died at his home on Wednesday from pancreatic cancer, reports Newsweek.

Dolore, Fischbacher's sister, confirmed his death to German newspaper Bild. "He fell asleep softly and peacefully," she shared from Munich, where she lives as a nun.

Though the famed performer initially had a malignant tumor removed, it had already spread to the rest of his body and Fischbacher requested that he be released from the hospital in order to return to his home in Las Vegas.

In May, Fischbacher's partner, Roy Horn, died from complications from coronavirus at age 85.

"Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend," Fischbacher said in a statement at the time. “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."

Their popular show at the Mirage ran from 1990 to October 3, 2003. Their show ended after Horn was bitten in the neck by a 380-pound white tiger, Mantecore, and dragged off the stage.

The pair refused to call the incident an attack, and said that Mantecore was protecting Horn after he had toppled over.

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