Roy Horn, a member of the long-running magic duo Siegfried and Roy, has died aged 75 after contracting coronavirus.
Horn and his German compatriot, Siegfried Fischbacher, were known for including including whiter tigers and other animals in their act.
They began performing in Las Vegas in 1967, and hosted sell-out shows at the city’s Mirage Hotel for 14 years.
Horn was forced to stop performing in 2003 after a white tiger attacked him during one of their shows.
“Today, the planet has lost one among the greats of magic, but I even have lost my ally ,” Mr Fischbacher said during a statement. “From the instant we met, I knew Roy and that i , together, would change the planet .”
The German-born pair met while performing on a cruise liner – Horn as a steward and Siegfried as a magical performer. They were reportedly fired for bringing a live cheetah onto the ship, but soon afterwards they began performing together for an additional cruise ship based in ny .
The duo’s act then moved to the ecu nightclub circuit before they were invited to perform in Las Vegas .
Siegfried and Roy became an establishment , breaking records for the longest-running act within the city. Their shows combined with magic tricks with circus thrills, with performances featuring dozens of rare white lions and tigers.
In 1989 their act moved to the Mirage Hotel – then the most important theatre within the city. The Mirage continues to host an animal attraction referred to as the key Garden of Siegfried & Roy.
Horn was severely injured after one among their tigers bit him on the neck and carried him offstage during a performance. He also suffered a stroke.
The incident permanently affected his mobility and speech, but Horn was ready to participate in some events before the duo retired in 2010.
“Roy was a fighter his whole life including during these final days,” said Mr Fischbacher. “I give my heartfelt appreciation to the team of doctors, nurses and staff at Mountain View Hospital [in Las Vegas] who worked heroically against this insidious virus.”