After surgery, the performer decided to return home until his passing.
On Wednesday, the other half of famed Las Vegas legends Siegfried & Roy passed away after battling pancreatic cancer. His illness was only announced days before his death and although he underwent a 12-hour surgery to remove a tumor, it was discovered that the cancer had spread throughout his body. He decided to spend his final days at his home in Las Vegas under the care of two nurses.
Siegfried's sister Dolore, a nun living in Munich, spoke with the German newspaper Bild confirming his death saying, "He fell asleep softly and peacefully," adding, "I take my brother with me in every one of my prayers and I am deeply connected to him."
Fischbacher's death comes only eight months after his longtime stage partner Roy Horn passed away from complications due to COVID-19 at the age of 75. The duo was known for their flashy stage shows and, of course, making lions and tigers a part of the magic. The pair met performing on a cruise ship where they devised the plan to use big cats in their act; they made their Vegas debut in 1967 and began headlining there in 1981. From 1990 to 2003, they performed their show regularly at the Mirage until an accident involving one of the animals left Horn partially paralyzed.
Siegfried & Roy were a household name for decades and left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry. Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller fame credited them with his own career at the time of Horn's passing.
We are all mourning the loss of #RoyHorn of #SiegfriedandRoy. S&R invented, created, pioneered the very idea that a magic show could be a full evening in Vegas. If not for S&R there would be no P&T in Vegas. He was so full of life, wild, and unpredictable. We will miss him. pic.twitter.com/sHW5NAyBMu— Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) May 9, 2020
At the time, Fischbacher had also made a statement mourning his friend: "From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world," he said, "There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried."
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