Siegfried Fischbacher, half of the illusionistic duo Siegfried & Roy – who were the most popular act on the Las Vegas Strip at their height – died on Wednesday at the age of 81

Fischbacher announced that he had terminal pancreatic cancer in early January and died of the disease in his Las Vegas home

The other half of the couple, Roy Horn, died in 2020 at the age of 75 from complications from COVID-19

Fischbacher had a malignant tumor removed in a 12-hour operation last year, but the cancer was found to have spread throughout his body, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, choosing to stay at home under private supervision Naturopaths to die

His last public appearance in Las Vegas was at the end of August at the inauguration of Siegfried & Roy Drive at the Mirage Casino, where Siegfried & Roy performed exclusively

The act, which featured mostly lion and tiger stunts, was sold out for 12 years until Horn was dragged off the stage by a big white tiger, Montecore, in 2003. The incident – the couple never called it an “attack” who insisted that the cat actually tried to save Horn – occurred in front of a live audience and essentially killed the act

Horn, the dark-haired of the showy duo, was credited with the idea of ​​introducing an exotic animal – his pet cheetah – to the act of magic

“Roy has been a fighter all his life, including these last few days,” said Fischbacher at the time of Horn’s death Virus that ultimately cost Roy his life ”

The two became an institution in Las Vegas, playing six shows a week, 44 weeks a year

They returned to the stage in February 2009 to make their only comeback performance, raising funds for the Cleveland Clinic’s new Lou Ruvo Brain Health Center in Las Vegas for the brief performance, which also included Montecore became the basis of an episode of the ABC television program 20/20

Horn and Fischbacher, both from Germany, got together in 1957 and made their debut in Las Vegas a decade later. Siegfried & Roy performed at the Mirage in 1990

When they signed a lifetime contract with the Mirage in 2001, they’ve had an estimated 5 since 1990000 shows staged in the casino for 10 million fans and grossed over $ 1 billion that added to thousands of shows elsewhere in previous years

“In the entire history of Las Vegas, no artist has contributed to the development of Las Vegas’ global reputation as the entertainment capital of the world than Siegfried and Roy,” said Terry Lanni, chairman of MGM Mirage, the casino’s parent company Attack

The pair gained international recognition for helping save rare white tigers and white lions from extinction. Their $ 10 million estate has housed dozens of rare animals over the years, which were the white lions and white tigers the result of a protection program that began in the 1980s

Siegfried & Roy’s animal antics and magic tricks show included around 20 white tigers and lions, the number varying depending on the night. The show also had other exotic animals, including an elephant

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Weltnachrichten – CA – Siegfried Fischbacher dead: big cat artist, illusionist dies at the age of 81