Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy dies from coronavirus at 75

David Caplan
May 08, 2020 - 9:22 pm

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2012, file photo, Roy Horn, of Siegfried & Roy, arrives at the Keep Memory Alive 16th Annual "Power of Love Gala," honoring Muhammad Ali with his 70th birthday celebration in Las Vegas. Horn, one half of the longtime Las Vegas illusionist duo Siegfried & Roy, died of complications from the coronavirus, Friday, May 8, 2020. He was 75. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari, File)

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Roy Horn of the legendary Las Vegas duo Siegfried & Roy died from complications from coronavirus at a Las Vegas hospital Friday afternoon. He was 75.

"Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend," Siegfried Fischbacher said in a statement of German-born Horn, whose birth name was Uwe Ludwig Horn. "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."

He added, "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."

Roy Horn
Photo courtesy of Siegfried & Roy/The Mirage Resort via Getty Images

The eccentric duo had a knack for putting on shows that involved magic and big cats. 

Their show took place at the Mirage between 1990 and October 3, 2003. On that final night Horn was bitten in the neck by a 380-pound white tiger, Mantecore, and dragged off the stage.

The show ended immediately after the incident, and the pair refused to call it an attack. Instead they said that Mantecore was protecting Horn after he had toppled over.

Since then Horn spent time recovering from his injuries, as well as making personal appearances. He also occasionally visited Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden tiger habitat, a zoo-like sanctuary at The Mirage, over the years.

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