Siegfried Fischbacher, the legendary magician of the illusionist duo Siegfried and Roy , died this Thursday at age 81 in Las Vegas after losing the battle with cancer.
Siegfried Fischbacher had just announced a couple of days ago his diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer, although he had undergone surgery to remove a malignant tumor, the disease had already spread.
According to reports, Siegfried was discharged from the hospital at his request to spend his last days at home surrounded by his loved ones.
Siegfried and Roy were an iconic Las Vegas act for decades, known for their stunts with big cats like white tigers and lions.
Siegfried and Roy worked together for four decades, and their peak time was during their stint at The Mirage casino that lasted from 1990 to 2003, a show that was hailed as the most-visited show in Las Vegas.
Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn were from Germany , met while working on a cruise ship in 1957, and began a multi-decade journey in the entertainment business.
“We did what we did for love, not for success or money. We had deep respect for each other. We literally created ourselves together: I created Roy and Roy created Siegfried “
With the death of Siegfried Fischbacher, one of the most famous acts of illusionism and magic in the world comes to an end, since last May Roy Horn died at the age of 75 in a hospital in the city of Las Vegas after contracting COVID-19.
The attack of a tiger on Siegfried & Roy that was predicted by the Simpsons
The animated series The Simpsons has achieved great fame because during its more than 30 years they have presented various scenes that end up coming true, from the presidency of Donald Trump to the attack of the killer hornets.
One of those scenes was the attack of one of his tigers on Siegfried and Roy, in the 1993 chapter of “Mr. Burns’s Casino” a white tiger attacks “Gunter” and “Ernst” , illusionists based on German magicians.
The tiger’s attack on Siegfried and Roy during their act happened in 2003, when the 380-pound feline, named Mantecore, bit Horn’s neck during a show and dragged him off stage at the Mirage Las Vegas.
That accident led to the end of the famous act and Siegfried and Roy made one last performance on February 28, 2009.