The legendary illusionist and surviving member of the duo was 81.
Siegfried Fischbacher, the surviving member of the famous entertainment duo Siegfried and Roy, died in Las Vegas of pancreatic cancer, a representative of the legendary illusionist confirmed to ABC News.
Fischbacher 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 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 artists changed the face of the Las Vegas Strip with their impressive illusions and white tiger-taming actions in a career that stretched over 50 years.
Fischbacher was born in Rosenheim, Germany, on June 13, 1939 and met Horn in 1957. The German duo began performing in Las Vegas in 1967. Before opening an extravagant show at The Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in 1990, Fischbacher and Horn had built a successful brand like Siegfried and Roy, entertainers who performed all over the world from cruise ships to casinos.
After thousands of performances together, Fischbacher and Horn’s show at The Mirage came to an unexpected end in 2003 after a stage incident involving Horn and his white Bengal tiger, Mantecore.
The duo stepped back on stage for a final performance on March 1, 2009, when they held a benefit show for the Cleveland Clinics Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. They said it totaled $ 14 million.
The duo sat down with “20/20” in 2019 for “Siegfried & Roy: Behind the Magic”, a two-hour special in their big careers.
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 real magic in all of us who take care of us, cheer, love and thank each other, will bring everyone back to good health. and happiness. We can not wait until it is possible for all of us to hug each other again. Love to all, Siegfried & Roy. “
Funeral services for Fischbacher will be private with plans for a public memorial in the future, according to his rep.