Siegfried Fischbacher, one-half of German entertainment duo Siegfried & Roy, has passed away at age 81.
As first reported by German news agency dpa, the magician died Wednesday at his home from pancreatic cancer, according to publicist Dave Kirvin of Kirvin Doak Communications.
The tragic news was later confirmed by outlets such as The Associated Press and the New York Times.
Fischbacher’s death comes months after his partner Roy Horn passed away in May at age 75 due to coronavirus complications.
In a statement issued at the time, 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.”
Fischbacher later told Germany’s weekly Bild am Sonntag newspaper that his best friend would always stay by his side.
“For dinner, I will continue to have the table set for him, too. Like it always was the case. I’m not alone,” dpa quoted Fischbacher as telling the newspaper.
In 1990, Siegfriend & Roy performed their show at The Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, featuring magic tricks and stunts involving big cats.
In 2003, their residency came to an end when Mantecore (occasionally spelled by outlets as “Montecore”), a 400-pound white Bengal tiger, attacked Horn during a performance.
While Horn survived, the mauling left him partially paralyzed after he suffered a significant amount of blood loss and a stroke.
Ten years after the incident, Horn told Las Vegas Weekly in 2013 that the tiger “never attacked” him but rather tried to help him after he lost consciousness onstage.
When Mantecore passed away in March 2014, Horn posted a tribute to the feline on the duo’s Facebook page, calling the cat his “lifesaver.”
“Mantecore left us and is now with his siblings in White Tiger heaven,” Horn wrote at the time. “My lifesaver, Mantecore, who was the one responsible for pulling me to safety where the paramedics could help me after my high blood pressure made me dizzy on stage. He is greatly missed, however, I have my memories and I know that now he is playing with his brother and sister.”
Siegfried and Roy reunited in March 2009 when they performed a benefit show in Las Vegas for the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Our condolences go out to Siegfried’s family and loved ones for their loss. Both he and Roy are deeply missed.