Siegfried Fischbacher, the full-fledged magical other-half of Siegfried and Roy, has died Wednesday in his Las Vegas home. He was 81.
Fischbacher was suffering — and was terminally ill — with pancreatic cancer. He had underwent tumor removal surgery, as per Bild.
The marvelous Las Vegas entertainment legend was given the hospital discharge earlier this month and was being cared for at his house by two hospice workers, the outlet reported.
Siegfried and Roy met each other on a cruise ship after they got along with Horn’s pet cheetah, Chico — smuggled on board, that is.
The magician duet kickstarted in Sin City around 1967. But was their Mirage theater deal — a $30-million, 14-year-run — that fired them onto stardom, prompting their excesses era.
Horn’s career ended up abruptly when, in his 59th birthday, a 400-pound Siberian tiger named Mantacore pierced deep its teeth on the magician’s neck during a live performance at the Mirage hotel-casino.
In a 2019 interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” last August, the performers said they had made peace with the infamous mauling incident that killed their careers.
“I really don’t miss it,” Fischbacher said at the time. “We have been on stage in Vegas just by themselves for 40 years on stage, you know? And we had the most successful show in the history of Las Vegas anyway.”