Fans are paying tribute to Siegfried Fischbacher following his death. Fischbacher was best known for being one half of the German-American magic duo Siegfried and Roy. He died Wednesday at the age of 81, Newsweek reported. His death follows the May 2020 death of his longtime performing partner, Roy Horn, who died at 75 after contracting the coronavirus.
Fischbacher's death was confirmed by his sister, Dole, who told German newspaper Bild her brother "fell asleep softly and peacefully." The outlet reported that the famed magician died Wednesday at his Las Vegas-area home following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Fischbacher recently underwent a 12-hour surgery to remove a malignant tumor, though surgeons discovered the disease had spread throughout his body. According to the Daily Mail, his publicist said Fischbacher was "terminally ill" and had been "released from a clinic at his own request." He was being cared for by "two hospice nurses."
News of his death shocked fans, who came to know and love Fischbacher via the iconic magic duo, Siegfried and Roy. Siegfried and Roy became one of the most famous Vegas acts of all time, having headlined at The Mirage for 13 years. In 2003, a tragic accident with a big cat left Horn partially paralyzed, though they continued performing in other capacities after the Mirage show was shut down. They announced in April 2019 they were retiring. Fans are now mourning Fischbacher and paying tribute to him on social media.
Awww man ... RIP— MGibs (@MarkCutty1956) January 14, 2021
Sorry to hear about the passing of Siegfried and Roy, an iconic duo in the world of magic and showmanship— Christian (@LivChristianLiv) January 14, 2021
Love Siegfried- May his legend live on— Rie Rivers (@rierivers) January 14, 2021
Sad news. Saw their show at the Mirage in late 1997 and it was truly extraordinary https://t.co/6GEh00IXun— Richard Perrett 💙 (@parker71) January 14, 2021
Wow This is sad. They made Vegas https://t.co/B4x7Bdx0yC— Christopher Orris (@chrisorris24) January 14, 2021
The original Tiger Kings— Rob Bob (@Bobbyfgregory) January 14, 2021
Rip🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽— Jason Villanueva (@JasonV0730) January 14, 2021
Illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher of Siegfried & Roy dies at 81, report sayshttps://t.co/hJR2kASBcC— Jennifer Pietrzak 🇺🇸💏🇵🇱 (@LeeJenniferlee6) January 14, 2021
Awww.. I saw their show when we were kids . Beautiful. ☹️
Rest In Peace. May he and Roy be together forever now.— GoBrowns (@allen_masked) January 14, 2021
Well this sucks. Rest in eternal peace Siegfried, who was part of the famed duo Siegfried and Roy. 🙏🏼 https://t.co/66Oqr3xAoK— K-Twizzle (@caotk) January 14, 2021
My heart just sank. https://t.co/wbOwIrolqQ— bean 🦒 (@_HelloTitty_) January 14, 2021
Sad to hear. Greatest show I ever saw. RIP.— The big fella (@Thebigf12356421) January 14, 2021