Roy Horn – one half of the magic duo Siegfried and Roy – died May 8, 2020 in Las Vegas as a result of complications from the Covid-19 virus at the age of 75. Horn had announced that he had tested positive for the virus on April 28.
Speaking on his partner’s death, Siegfried Fischbacher said, “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.”
Horn was critically injured in 2003 after being attacked by one of his white tigers during a performance at the Mirage in Las Vegas. While he went through an extended rehabilitation, the attack ended the long standing act. But the duo made one final performance in 2009 with the white tiger Montecore as a fundraiser for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Natives of Germany, the duo first came together in 1957 putting on their act on a cruise ship. They made their Las Vegas debut in 1967 and moved to the Mirage in 1990. Over the course of their careers, Siegfried and Roy performed thousands of shows. The productions included several white tigers and other exotic animals including an elephant and a cheetah.
More than magicians, the duo had a compound where they saved white tigers, white lions, and other rare animals.
After retiring from his magic act with Siegfried, Roy produced the series “Father of the Pride”. He also appeared in a few productions as an actor including the film “Ocean’s Eleven”.
Uwe Ludwig Horn was born October 3, 1944 in Nordenham, Germany.
Horn is survived by his brother Werner.
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