Siegfried Fischbacher, half of the colorful big cat illusionist Siegfried and Roy, died Wednesday at his home in Las Vegas.He was 81.
Fischbacher was reportedly ill with pancreatic cancer and had recently underwent surgery to remove the tumor, his representative announced in a statement to The Post.
He was released from hospital earlier this month and was cared for at home by two hospice workers.
The death of the legendary magician comes less than a year after the death of longstage partner Roy Horn due to complications from COVID-19.
The German-American duo met on a cruise ship where they bonded with Horn’s pet cheetah, Chico, whom he smuggled aboard.
The pair̵7;s show, which combines tame tigers with the magic of the flashy David Copperfield and Liberace glitz – debuted in Sin City around 1967 but cost $ 30 million, running for 14 years at The Mirage Theater, which started in 1989, propelled them to become world stars in an era of their heyday.
In 2003, Horn was injured in a gory career when Mantacore, a 400-pound Siberian tiger, sank into his neck during a live performance – no less on his 59th birthday. More than that at the Mirage Casino
In an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in 2019, the actors said they had peace of mind over an embarrassing maul that took their career lives.
“I really didn’t miss it,” Fischbacher said at the time. “We’ve been on the stage of Vegas by ourselves for 40 years. You know? And we have been most successful in Las Vegas history. ”