Roy Horn of 'Siegfried and Roy' dies after contracting the coronavirus

Roy Horn of 'Siegfried and Roy' dies after contracting the coronavirus

Roy Horn of 'Siegfried and Roy' dies after contracting the coronavirus

Roy Horn died of complications of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday, but not before surviving a tiger attack on stage during a Las Vegas show in 2003. "From the second we met, I knew Roy and I, collectively, would change the world".

Said Siegfried Fischbacher on Friday: "Roy's whole life was about defying the odds".

Roy Horn tested positive for the contagious respiratory illness in late April.

Horn never completely recovered from the massive blood loss and a stroke he suffered.

However, Roy was severely injured when a seven-year-old white tiger named Mantacore attacked him during one of their shows at the Mirage in 2003. They have been reportedly fired for bringing a stay cheetah onto the ship, however quickly afterwards they started performing collectively for an additional cruise liner based mostly in NY.

The incident permanently affected his mobility and speech, but Horn was able to take part in some events before he and Fischbacher retired in 2010.

In a statement provided to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Roy's partner Siegfried spoke about losing his best friend. The $30-million production - unheard of at the time - sold out the then-largest theater in Las Vegas history nightly.

Horn was left partially paralyzed, and it essentially ended the Seigfried and Roy act.

The G.W. Exotic Animal Park, which has since been renamed Tiger King Park - reopened over the weekend after temporarily closing due to coronavirus restrictions.

The tiger bit his neck and "dragged him off the stage," according to Variety.

He met Fischbacher in 1957 on board a cruise ship where both were employed as entertainers, and after forming a partnership in 1959 the pair went on to work around Europe. It began in 1981 and lasted several years until they were hired by Steve Wynn in 1987. "He had a strength and will unlike anyone I have ever known".

Funeral services will be private with plans for a public memorial in the future.

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