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Legendary Illusionist Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy Dies at 75

Roy Horn, of the popular Las Vegas animal and magic act Siegfried and Roy, died Friday, May 8 of complications from the coronavirus. He was 75 years old.

Horn tested positive for the virus last week and died at MountainView Hospital.

“Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend,” his partner, Siegfried Fischbacher, said in a statement.

Roy Horn was born Uwe Ludwig Horn on October 3, 1944, in Nordenham. Horn became interested in animals at a very young age, and thanks to Horn’s mother’s friend’s husband Emil, who was the founder of the Bremen Zoo, Horn had access to exotic animals from the age of 10. He eventually began working as a waiter on a cruise ship, where he met Siegfried Fischbacher and launched his performance career.

“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,” said Siegfried. “Roy was a fighter his whole life including during 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.”

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