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Roy Horn, 75, of the world-renowned magic and entertainment group Siegfried & Roy died Friday, ten days after his publicist announced that he’d tested positive for the coronavirus but was “currently responding well to treatment.”
In a statement, his long-time performance partner, Siegfried Fischbacher, blamed his death on the coronavirus.
“Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend. 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,” he said.
“Roy was a fighter his whole life including during these final days. I give my heartfelt appreciation to the team of doctors, nurses and staff at Mountain View Hospital who worked heroically against this insidious virus that ultimately took Roy’s life.”
#BREAKING Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn, whose collaboration with Siegfried Fischbacher created the world-renowned duo Siegfried & Roy, died of complications from COVID-19 today in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 75.
— Sasha Loftis (@SashaLoftis) May 9, 2020
Statements soon followed from other high-power players in the performance industry.
We are all mourning the loss of #RoyHorn of #SiegfriedandRoy. S&R invented, created, pioneered the very idea that a magic show could be a full evening in Vegas. If not for S&R there would be no P&T in Vegas. He was so full of life, wild, and unpredictable. We will miss him. pic.twitter.com/sHW5NAyBMu
— Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) May 9, 2020
Mr. Roy Horn, Thank You for your kindness, inspiration and friendship. You paved the road and will forever be missed. May we meet again one day… Love, Criss pic.twitter.com/lmwB5qSV39
— Criss Angel (@CrissAngel) May 9, 2020
We are genuinely saddened to hear of the passing of Roy Horn of the legendary Las Vegas duo Siegfried & Roy.
Our thoughts are with Siegfried. pic.twitter.com/uXUSmb8KnC
— Young & Strange (@YoungandStrange) May 9, 2020
I send my condolences to Sigfried, Bernie and all of Roy’s family. Having known Roy from the time he and Sigfried first came to Las Vegas, words cannot express what he has meant to not only our city, but to those… https://t.co/yLP9glxnZx
— Wayne Newton (@WayneNewtonMrLV) May 9, 2020
— Carrot Top (@RealCarrotTop) May 9, 2020
The duo had been together since 1957.
“In 1957, while working as a waiter on an ocean liner, Horn met Siegfried Fischbacher, who was working as a steward while performing magic tricks on the side. Horn volunteered to be Siegfried’s assistant and soon the pair were collaborating, upping the ante from making a rabbit disappear to vanishing a cheetah,” Biography.com notes.
“For the next five years, they performed throughout Europe, playing for little money. They eventually received their big break while performing at a casino in Monte Carlo, where a scout spotted them and invited them to do their act in Las Vegas.”
From 1990 until 2003, the duo performed six shows a week, 44 weeks per year at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Everything fell apart in 1990 when a tiger mauled Horn on stage.
Learn more about the attack below:
“He was injured in October 2003 when a tiger named Montecore attacked him on stage at the Mirage hotel-casino in Las Vegas. He had severe neck injuries, lost a lot of blood and later suffered a stroke. He underwent lengthy rehabilitation, but the attack ended the long-running Las Vegas Strip production,” the Associated Press notes.
With the mauling came years of medical complications and his eventual confinement to a wheelchair.
“Feeble Siegfried & Roy superstar Roy Horn is confined to a wheelchair and can no longer stand without help — 15 years after he was horrifically mauled by a white tiger during the magical duo’s live Sin City show,” the gossip website Radar Online claimed in the summer of 2018.
“RadarOnline.com can reveal the 73-year-old illusionist could be facing the final curtain — and according to one medical expert, ravaged Horn may have as few as 12 months to live.”
Because of the tiger attack and its aftermath — including rumors surrounding Horn’s health — some believe his death may have been more natural than is being reported.
Look (*Language warning):
TIGER SHIT……every death now being attributed to covid-19.
— GreyCF (@doctorgrey4) May 9, 2020
Oh please stop saying from covid … 75 is fkn old could’ve been anything
— L (@LoriKnowsLuxury) May 9, 2020
Isnt everyone dying of COVID? Seems as we cured Cancer, Diabetes, COPD, old age, Heart attacks….
— TPD (@TDOGG1969) May 9, 2020
What was his comorbidity? He has had very weak medical condition since his tiger attacked him back in 2003– Now everything its labeled #Covid19
— 🦋🇺🇸🇭🇳Flowercita Love (@LoveFlowercita) May 9, 2020
.@ABC: Publish the coroner’s official report so we can see the ACTUAL cause of death. Until then, he died of something, we don’t really know what.
— 𝓜𝓪𝓻𝓴𝓮 📣 (@marke789) May 9, 2020
He was 75 years old. You’re gonna have to do a little more in-depth reporting and provide a little more context.
— Steve Wojohowitz (@Swojoho) May 9, 2020
— Rich Gaun (@GaunRich) May 9, 2020
These are opinions, though there have been legitimate reports about non-coronavirus deaths being labeled coronavirus deaths anyway.
Speaking with station KXJB last month, Dr. Scott Jensen, MD, a physician from Minnesota, claimed federal officials were encouraging medical officials to incorrectly attribute all related deaths to the coronavirus, even in cases where the virus clearly played a minimal (if any) role in the deceased’s passage.
“Last Friday I received a 7-page document that told me if I had an 86-year-old patient that had pneumonia but was never tested for COVID-19, but some time after she came down with pneumonia we learned that she had been exposed to her son who had no symptoms but later on was identified with COVID-19, then it would be appropriate to diagnose on the death certificate COVID-19,” he explained.
SHOCKING: MN Sen & Dr. @drscottjensen said that he received a 7 pg doc from @mnhealth to fill out death certificates with a diagnosis of #COVID-19 whether the person actually died from COVID-19 or not.
— Chris Berg (@chrisbergpov) April 8, 2020
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