Siegfried Fischbacher, world-famous for the illusionist duo Siegfried & Roy, died Wednesday evening at the age of 81.
“ He fell asleep softly and peacefully,” tells his sister Dolore to Bild. Earlier this week it was announced that Siegfried suffered from pancreatic cancer. According to the German newspaper, the malignant tumor had been removed, but the cancer had metastasized. After a 12-hour operation, he left the clinic at his own request, after which he was taken care of by two hospice workers at home.
Roy Horn — Siegfrieds life partner with whom he formed the world-famous act Siegfriend & Roy for decades — died last May at the age of 75 from the effects of the coronavirus. In a statement, Siegfried said: “While today the world has lost one of the greatest magicians, I have lost my best friend.”
The iconic show duo, born in Germany as Siegfried Fischbacher and Uwe Ludwig Horn, met in 1957 when they both worked on a cruise ship. For decades, they had a very popular show in Las Vegas, where they performed with white lions and tigers. In 2003 Horn was severely injured in an attack by one of the Siberian tigers. The performances came to an abrupt end with them. Horn would never fully recover from the accident.