Roy Horn, one half of the famed Siegfried and Roy magician duo, died on Friday, May 8, from the COVID-19 coronavirus. It was reported on April 29 that the magician, whose full name is Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn, was diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Roy’s death from the virus was confirmed by his publicist, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The German magician died at the Mountain View Hospital in Las Vegas. He was 75 years old.
Roy was born on October 3, 1944, in Nordenham, a small town in Lower Saxony, Germany. He met Siegfried Fischbacher, who was also born in Germany, in 1957 when Roy worked as a waiter on a cruise. They became the famous illusionist duo Siegfried and Roy and performed in Las Vegas for years.
Siegfried Issued a Statement After the Death of His Partner Roy
In a statement provided to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Roy’s partner Siegfried spoke about losing his best friend. The statement reads:
Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend. 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.
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.
After their act ended in 2003, Siegfried and Roy lived together at a 100-acre estate called Little Bavaria in Las Vegas. In a March 2019 article by The Hollywood Reporter, Siegfried and Roy were described as “former lovers,” however the two magicians rarely spoke publicly about their relationship.
The 2 Began ‘a 50-Year Entertainment Odyssey’ After Meeting on a Cruise Ship
Siegfried and Roy’s first meeting was described in the press statement released after Roy’s death. It stated:
Roy developed a connectivity to animals from an early age, beginning with his beloved wolfdog Hexe and his pet cheetah, Chico, which he adopted from the Bremen Zoo. While working as a steward on a cruise ship, Roy assisted in a performance of Siegfried’s magic act. After the show, Roy asked the question that changed both of their lives: “Siegfried, disappearing rabbits are ordinary, but can you make a cheetah disappear?”
After a pause, Siegfried said, “In magic, anything is possible.” Unbeknownst to him — and the ship’s captain — Roy had smuggled his pet cheetah aboard the cruise.
So began a 50-year entertainment odyssey that took Siegfried & Roy around the world, breaking box office records from Japan to Radio City Music Hall. But it was their four decade-long run in Las Vegas that established them as global superstars.
Their Las Vegas act ended in 2003 after Roy’s career-ending injury. During their performance on stage, their tiger Mantecore attacked Roy, leaving him partially paralyzed. Although the attack ended their performances, Siegfried and Roy’s partnership endured and the two remained close friends.