Sigfried Fishbacker died eight months after the death of his longtime business partner Roy Horn, half of the world-famous Las Vegas magic and entertainment act Segfried & Roy. He was 81.
A spokesman for Fischbacher told NBC News on Thursday that the famed illusionist died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Las Vegas on Wednesday evening.
Horn died in May at the age of 75 from Kovid-19 complications.
The couple, who were internationally known for working with big cats, performed in Las Vegas for decades – until Horn was seriously injured, injured in a near-accident that left his long Prohibited timely production.
In 2003, Mirage removed the 380-pound tiger, Manticore, bit Horn’s neck and pulled him off the stage during a show in Las Vegas. The attack crushed his windpipe and left the then 60-year-old partially paralyzed.
The two met more than 60 years ago on a cruise ship where Horn was a steward and Sigfried was a magician, according to a previous statement by the act’s publicity firm. Horn helped Siegfried with his acting, and the rest was history.
The pair hit the Vegas Strip in 1967 and began a 14-year run at the Mirage in 1989 which turned the pair into a fantastical tourist. According to the statement, he produced $ 30 million at the hotel over night.
The pair used a collection of animals on stage including a white tiger, white lion, leopard, jaguar and an elephant.
When the fishbacker caught wind of Horn’s passing, he shared some parting words: “From the moment we met, I knew that Roy and I, together, would change the world. No Roy Sigfried without Roy. Maybe, and there is no Roy without C. Roy. “
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Denis Romero has contributed.