Siegfried Fischbacher, one-half of the flamboyant huge cat illusionist act Siegfried and Roy, died Wednesday at his house in Las Vegas. He was 81.
Fischbacher was reportedly terminally in poor health with pancreatic most cancers and lately underwent an operation to take away a tumor, based on the German publication Bild.
He was launched from the hospital earlier this month and was being cared for at house by two hospice employees, the outlet reported.
The legendary magician’s dying comes lower than a yr after the passing of his longtime stage partner Roy Horn as a result of issues from COVID-19.
The German-American duo met on a cruise ship, the place they bonded over Horn’s pet cheetah, Chico, which he had smuggled on board.
The duo’s act — which blended tiger-taming with David Copperfield-esque magic and a gaudy dose of Liberace glitz — launched in Sin Metropolis circa 1967. However it was their $30-million, 14-year-run on the Mirage theater, starting in 1989, that propelled them into world stardom amid the peak of the period of extra.
In 2003, Horn suffered a gory career-ending damage when Mantacore, a 400-pound Siberian tiger, sunk its enamel into his neck throughout a stay efficiency — on his 59th birthday, no much less — on the Mirage hotel-casino.
In a 2019 interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the performers said they had made peace with the notorious mauling incident that killed their careers.
“I actually don’t miss it,” Fischbacher mentioned on the time. “We’ve got been on stage in Vegas simply by themselves for 40 years on stage, you recognize? And we had essentially the most profitable present within the historical past of Las Vegas anyway.”