Roy Horn of the famous duo Siegfried and Roy died on May 8, 2020, just over a week after contracting the coronavirus, as originally reported by TMZ. He was 75 years old.
Roy and his partner Siegfried Fischbacher were known for their lively animal and magic shows that gained popularity in Europe, and then found power in Las Vegas for four decades. Their acts entertained generations and were known to surprise audiences by wiping out lions, tigers, leopards, and other large animals until 2003.
His famous periods ended long before Roy’s death when, in October of that year, he was attacked on stage by one of his own tigers. The great white cat, Mantecore, mutilated the artist in front of an audience and cut off his spine. A viewer reminded CNN that Roy looked “like a rag doll” in the tiger’s mouth. The attack, which took place on Roy’s 59th birthday, allegedly caused blood loss, a stroke, and two surgeries, and ultimately left him paralyzed.
But true to his love of animals and his craft, Roy claimed that Mantecore really saved his life after feeling his stroke by dragging him offstage. That same dedication to his life on stage earned Roy and his partner millions.
Siegfried and Roy’s magical career was worth millions
Even though the magicians’ live performances ended more than a decade ago, Siegfried and Roy lived together and had a combined value of $ 120 million. According to Celebrity Net Worth, they debuted in Las Vegas in 1967 after appearing in clubs across Europe and even on cruises.
In Las Vegas, they hit a main show at the New Frontier Hotel and Casino in 1981, and only a few years later, in 1989, they began to headline The Mirage. They performed there for 14 years and their show became one of the most visited, so much so that they generated more than $ 60 million a year during the 1990s and 2000s. In 1999, they earned their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Even after Roy’s tragic injury and final performance, the two did not finish their careers but instead opened a wildlife sanctuary, Secret Garden, and Dolphin Habitat. They settled on a 100-acre property purchased for $ 10 million, which features multiple mansions, sprawling grounds as large as a dozen soccer fields, and a private water park. Their wealth also allowed them the luxury of owning other homes in the Las Vegas area.
All this remains in the memory of Roy, who Siegfried will surely miss. “Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend,” Siegfried said in a statement. “There could be no Siegfried without Roy, nor Roy without Siegfried.”