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Roy Horn dies from complications of COVID-19

8 May 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn, whose collaboration with Siegfried Fischbacher created the world-renowned duo Siegfried & Roy, died of complications from COVID-19 today in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 75.

Together, Siegfried & Roy redefined live magic by combining remarkable stagecraft with rare and endangered animals. In doing so, the duo created the modern era for Las Vegas entertainment.

"Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend," said Siegfried. "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 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."

Born on 3 October 1944 in Germany, Roy developed a connectivity to animals from an early age, beginning with his beloved wolfdog Hex and his pet cheetah, Chico, which he adopted from the Bremen Zoo. While working as a steward on a cruise ship, Roy assisted in a performance of Siegfried's magic act. After the show, Roy asked the question that changed both of their lives: "Siegfried, disappearing rabbits are ordinary, but can you make a cheetah disappear?"

After a pause, Siegfried said, "In magic, anything is possible." Unbeknownst to him - and the ship's captain - Roy had smuggled his pet cheetah aboard the cruise.

So began a 50-year entertainment odyssey that took Siegfried & Roy around the world, breaking box office records from Japan to Radio City Music Hall. But it was their four decade-long run in Las Vegas that established them as global superstars.

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