Coronavirus claims the life of the magician and animal trainer Roy Horn at 75: NPR

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Roy Horn kisses a tiger at his Las Vegas home with Siegfried Fischbacher in 2008. Horn, who survived a tiger mutilation in 2003, died on Friday of complications from COVID-19.

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Roy Horn kisses a tiger at his Las Vegas home with Siegfried Fischbacher in 2008. Horn, who survived a tiger mutilation in 2003, died on Friday of complications from COVID-19.

Louie Traub / AP

Roy Horn magician and animal trainer from legendary Las Vegas duo Siegfied and Roy, died on Friday of complications related to COVID-19. Horn tested positive last week. He was 75 years old.

“The world has lost one of the magic greats, but I have lost my best friend,” Siegfried Fischbacher said of his partner in a statement.

“Roy has been a fighter all his life, including the past few days. I sincerely thank the team of doctors, nurses and staff at Mountain View Hospital who worked heroically against this insidious virus that ultimately killed Roy. “

Roy Horn was born in Germany in 1944. He and Siegfried started their act in Las Vegas in 1967. In 1989, they started a 14-year race at the Mirage Resort performing illusions with exotic animals, causing tigers to disappear and reappear , lions and even elephants. .

In October 2003, Roy Horn was playing with a 400-pound white tiger named Mantecore when the big cat grabbed him by the throat in front of a dumbfounded audience and dragged him off the stage. Horn suffered a stroke and paralysis.

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