Famed magician Siegfried Fischbacher, best known as one half of the famed duo Siegfried & Roy, has passed away at age 81. According to reports, the star died on Wednesday, January 13, from cancer.
His sister Dolore, who is a nun, revealed he "was at home in Las Vegas" when it happened.
His sister said that she was talking to Fischbacher on the phone that very day so they could pray together.
"I could pray with him and tell him that I will always be with him in my heart," she shared. He died after their call.
"He fell asleep softly and peacefully," she told a German newspaper.
According to a report, the star previously underwent a 12-hour procedure to remove a malignant tumor from his body, but it was then discovered that the cancer had already spread to other parts of his body. Fischbacher returned home after the surgery earlier this month and was cared for by two nurses.
"Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend," Siegfried expressed after Horn's passing. "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."
Siegfried and Roy were best known for the illusions and magic tricks, as well as for their work with tigers. They first banded together in 1957, and in 1990, started performing at the Mirage in Las Vegas six days a week, 44 weeks per year, for 13 years until an accident in 2003 involving one of the big cats left Horn partially paralyzed.
“I really don’t miss it,” Fischbacher admitted in 2019 of the incident forcing them to shut down. “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.”
German publication Bild was the first to report the sad news.