Roy Horn, half of the famed magic and entertainment duo Siegfried & Roy, died Friday of complications from the coronavirus at the age of 75, partner Siegfried Fischbacher said in a statement Friday.
Last month, Horn tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, a spokesperson for the duo said.
“Roy was a fighter his whole life including during these final days,” Fischbacher said in a statement. “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 duo met more than 60 years ago when they worked on a cruise ship, Horn as a steward and Siegfriend as a magician, according to a statement from the act’s publicity firm. Horn ended up helping with the act, reports NBC News.
Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn and Siegfried Fischbacher ended their Las Vegas revue after four decades after Horn was attacked on stage by a white tiger named Mantecore in October 2003, severing his spine.
Horn believed the attack was a reaction to a stroke and afterward called Mantecore “my lifesaver,” his publicist said.
“Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend,” Fischbacher said. “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.”
A public memorial will be held in the future for Horn.
Horn leaves behind his brother, Werner Horn, and his longtime performance partner, Fischbacher.