Siegfried Fischbacher, one-half of the flamboyant massive cat illusionist act Siegfried and Roy, died Wednesday at his dwelling in Las Vegas. He was 81.
Fischbacher was reportedly terminally unwell with pancreatic most cancers and just lately underwent an operation to take away a tumor, in accordance with the German publicationBild.
He was launched from the hospital earlier this month and was being cared for at dwelling by two hospice staff, the outlet reported.
The legendary magician’s demise comes lower than a 12 months after the passing of his longtime stage partner Roy Horn resulting from 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 City circa 1967. But it was their $30-million, 14-year-run at 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 tooth into his neck throughout a reside efficiency — on his 59th birthday, no much less — at the Mirage hotel-casino.
In a 2019 interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the performerssaid they had made peacewith the notorious mauling incident that killed their careers.
“I actually do not miss it,” Fischbacher stated at the time. “We have been on stage in Vegas simply by themselves for 40 years on stage, you already know? And we had essentially the most profitable show within the historical past of Las Vegas anyway.”