Big cat illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher dead at 81

Siegfried Fischbacher, a German illusionist who rose to international fame as half of the Siegfried & Roy performing duo, died Thursday from pancreatic cancer.

Fischbacher was 81. Survivors include a sister, who first notified German news agency dpa of her brother’s death.

“He was at home in Las Vegas,” said Fischbacher’s sister, who spoke on the phone with him before he died. “I was able to pray with him and tell him that I would always be with him in my heart.”

His performing partner, Roy Horn, died in May from COVID-19 complications at 75 years
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