The legendary illusionist and surviving member of the duo was 81 years old.
Siegfried Fischbacher, the surviving member of the famous entertainment duo Siegfried and Roy, died in Las Vegas from pancreatic cancer, a representative of the legendary illusionist confirmed to ABC News.
Fishbacher was 81
His sister, a nun living in Munich, told the German news agency dpa that she was able to talk to him on the phone before he died, and they prayed together.
“I could pray with him and tell him that I will always be with him in my heart,” she said.
Fischbacher’s longtime partner, Roy Horn, died in May after suffering from complications of COVID-19 at the age of 75.
The legendary performers changed the face of the Las Vegas Strip with their impressive illusions and attempts to tame white tigers in a career that lasted 50 years.
Fishbacher was born in Rosenheim, Germany, on June 13, 1939, and met Horn in 1957. The German duo began playing in Las Vegas in 1967. Before opening an extravagant show at The Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in In 1990, Fischbacher and Horn had built a successful brand like Siegfried and Roy, artists who performed all over the world from cruise ships to casinos.
After thousands of performances together, Fishbacher and Horn’s show in The Mirage came unexpectedly in 2003 after an incident on stage involving Horn and his white Bengal tiger, Mantecore.
The duo took to the stage for a final performance on March 1, 2009, when they held a benefit for the Brain Health Center at the Cleveland Lou Ruvo Clinic in Las Vegas. She was said to have raised $ 14 million.
The duo sat down with “20/20” in 2019 for “Siegfried & Roy: Behind the Magic”, a two-hour specialty for their floor career.
In May, before Horn’s death, the duo shared the following message of love and support for those affected by COVID-19:
“Everyone in the United States and around the world affected by this health crisis remains in our prayers. We know the true magic in all of us who care, rejoice, love and thank each other will bring everyone back to good health and happiness. We can don’t wait until it’s possible for us all to embrace safely again. Love to all, Siegfried and Roy. “
Fischbacher’s funeral will be private with plans for a public monument in the future, according to his spokesman.