Roy Horn, best known for being one half of magic act Siegfried and Roy with Siegfried Fischbacher, has passed away at 75.
US Weekly confirmed that Horn, whose real name is Uwe Ludwig Horn, died of complications from the coronavirus after testing positive for the virus last month.
“Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend,” Siegfried in a statement.
“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. 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.”
Back in 2003, Horn was injured by a tiger during a live Siegfried and Roy show at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, leaving him partially paralysed and ending the duo’s show.
Despite reports that their white tiger named Mantecore bit his neck, Horn claimed that he had suffered a stroke and the tiger was simply dragging him off the stage in order to save him. The University Medical Center were unable to determine whether or not the stroke happened before the bite or after.
Rest in Peace.