Roy Horn survived a tiger's attack in 2003, but sadly, he couldn't beat the virus this time around.
Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy has died of coronavirus at the age of 75, reports PEOPLE. Horn died on Friday in a hospital in Las Vegas, according to a statement released by his publicist Dave Kirvin. “Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend,” Siegfried Fischbacher said in the 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."
BREAKING: Roy Horn, of Siegfried & Roy, has died of complications from COVID-19 in Las Vegas, his publicist confirms in a release. He was 75.— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 9, 2020
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Last month, ABC reported that Roy Horn had been diagnosed with coronavirus. "We can confirm that Roy Horn has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 and is currently responding well to treatment," his publicist said in a statement at the time. "Most importantly, Siegfried & Roy send positive wishes to everyone impacted by the pandemic. We will have no further comment on Roy’s recovery at this time and ask everyone to respect his right to privacy." Horn, who was born on October 3, 1944, in Germany, always felt he had a connection with animals.
Damn! 2 Legends in one day??? 2020 is horrible! RIP to Andre Harrell and Roy Horn! Thoughts and prayers goes out to their family and friends. #Legends 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽— Tracy Murray (@RealTracyMurray) May 9, 2020
Siegfried & Roy performed together thousands of times in Las Vegas, their first show in 1990 at the Mirage Resort and Casino. Before that, the two of them had built a name for themselves as entertainers as the performed all over the world in cruise ships to casinos. But their show came to an unexpected end in 2003, Horn was attacked by a tiger named Montecore attacked him on stage at the Mirage hotel-casino in Las Vegas. PEOPLE reports that while he survived the mauling, he was initially left paralyzed. Horn then made it clear that he had no animosity against the tiger for it wasn't his fault.
A Las Vegas legend! A gay icon! Another victim of this awful disease. Rest in perfect peace, Roy Horn. 🙏 https://t.co/y0Eru8cPIu— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) May 9, 2020
"He instinctively saw that I needed help, and he helped me," he said, of the incident. "I had high blood pressure at that time, and because of the energy level of the show, I got excited and passed out onstage and fell, unfortunately," said Horn, during a 2013 interview with Las Vegas Weekly. "Montecore looked at me with his big blue eyes and was confused, and so he picked me up by the neck," the illusionist continued. "He brought me to the side so he could attend to me." He added, "But we need to rectify — he never attacked me. If a tiger attacks you, you are finished."
He survived an attack by his own tiger, but not COVID-19. Roy of Siegfreid and Roy has died.#SiegfriedandRoy #Roy #Siegfried#RoyHorn #COVID19 #coronavirus #LasVegas #tigerattack #celebritydeaths https://t.co/FvzfQTNf3a pic.twitter.com/ya9ia31FRb— 105.5 WDUV (@1055WDUV) May 9, 2020
In 2009, the German duo came back on stage in 2009 to conduct a benefit show for the Cleveland Clinic's Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. Reports suggest that the show raised $14 million. Earlier this month, they released a statement that said: "Everyone in the United States and around the world impacted by this health crisis remain in our prayers. We know the real magic in all of us caring, cheering, loving and thanking one another will return everyone to good health and happiness. We can't wait until it is possible for all of us to hug each other safely again. Love to all, Siegfried & Roy."
Rest in peace, Roy Horn.