Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn, half of the animal training and magic duo Siegfried & Roy, died of complications from the coronavirus on Friday at the age of 75.

Variety reported that the German-born entertainer died in Las Vegas after revealing on April 28 that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

“Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend,” Siegfried Fischbacher said in a statement. “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,” he added.

Horn, a lifelong animal lover, smuggled his pet cheetah Chico onto a cruise ship where he was working as a steward. That is where he met the magician Fischbacher, and the two began performing with tigers in Europe.

Their Siegfried & Roy act eventually made it to Vegas, where it ran for 14 years at The Mirage. The show included more than 55 white tigers, white lions, leopards and jaguars and an elephant that levitated, vanished and reappeared before audiences’ eyes.

The pair faced tragedy in 2003 when Horn was bitten by his white tiger Mantecore and dragged off the stage. His spine was severed, and he sustained severe injuries and had to relearn how to talk and walk.

The animal tamer later said that he thought Mantecore was trying to save him because he had suffered a stroke while onstage.

“Roy’s whole life was about defying the odds,” added Siegfried. “He grew up with very little and became famous throughout the world for his showmanship, flair and his life-long commitment to animal conservation. He had a strength and will unlike anyone I have ever known.”


Siegfried & Roy continued to travel after Horn’s recovery before their eventual retirement in 2010.

His legacy was honored on the Las Vegas Strip as casinos and resorts paid tribute to the star. 

"The good thing about legends, though, is that they live on forever," The Mirage wrote. 

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