Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy Dies of Covid-19

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LAS VEGAS – JUNE 30: Magicians Siegfried Fischbacher (L) and Roy Horn arrive at the gala premiere of “The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil” at The Mirage Hotel & Casino June 30, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(CNN) — Roy Horn, one-half of the popular Las Vegas animal and magic act Siegfried and Roy, died Friday of complications from the coronavirus, according to his publicist. He was 75.

Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn and Siegfried Fischbacher began their upbeat performances in Europe, later becoming regulars in Las Vegas, where they would continue to perform for four decades.

Their revue ended after Horn was attacked on stage by a white tiger named Mantecore in October 2003, severing Horn’s spine.

Horn eventually was able to walk again, but he and Siegfried would only perform together one more time for a benefit before retiring in 2010.

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

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