Roy Horn Wiki – Roy Horn Biography
Roy Horn of the Siegfried & Roy magician duo died on Friday, May 8, at the age of 75 from COVID-19. The German performer, whose full name was Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn, contracted the virus a few weeks ago but was said to be “responding well” to treatment. His publicist confirmed that the performer died at Mountain View Hospital in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Roy was born on October 3, 1944, in Nordenham, Germany. He worked as a waiter on a cruise liner in 1957, where met Siegfried, who was working as a steward. Siegfried was also performing magic tricks for the guests, and Roy became his assistant. They began performing as a duo and soon started incorporating exotic animals. They performed all across Europe in theaters and nightclubs before moving their show to Las Vegas.
Corona Virus COVID19
Roy’s publicist shared his initial positive diagnosis with fans on April 29, telling ABC News: “We can confirm that Roy Horn has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 and is currently responding well to treatment. Most importantly, Siegfried & Roy send positive wishes to everyone impacted by the pandemic. We will have no further comment on Roy’s recovery at this time and ask everyone to respect his right to privacy.”
Earlier in April, Siegfried & Roy reached out to their fans about the pandemic. ABC 20/20 posted their statement to their fans, which said: “We know the real magic in all of us caring, cheering, loving, and thanking one another will return everyone to good health and happiness. We can’t wait until it is possible for all of us to hug each other safely again.”
Siegfried Fischbacher, the other half of the magician duo, released a statement about his partner’s death, which reads:
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.
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.
Siegfried and Roy were very close from the moment they met, and after their show ended in 2003, they lived together at their sprawling Little Bavaria estate in Las Vegas. The two were once described by The Hollywood Reporter as lifelong friends and former lovers, but they rarely spoke publicly about their relationship.
Cause of Death
Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy has passed away due to complications from COVID-19…
Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy has passed away due to complications from COVID-19… pic.twitter.com/WCaoeAdjQH
— Brandon Bartlett (@BrandonNews25) May 9, 2020
Since the news broke on Friday of Roy’s death, many have taken to social media to post their sadness at the news and share tributes to the performer.
The Mirage in Las Vegas, where the two performed for over a decade, posted:
Roy Horn, of famed entertainment duo Siegfried & Roy, died Friday at age 75 after suffering from complications from COVID-19, a publicist confirms to @ABC.
Roy Horn helped change the face of Las Vegas and the world of entertainment with his big dreams. The good thing about legends, though, is that they live on forever. https://t.co/0vXoXCq9LE
— The Mirage (@TheMirageLV) May 9, 2020
So sad to hear that Roy Horn has died. I was a journalist in Las Vegas for ten years — he and Siegfried were two of my very favorite people. This is one of my favorite photos with them, taken at their Jungle Palace house. pic.twitter.com/blyftSXdhE
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) May 9, 2020
I was so lucky to be working with amazing actors who knew how to help the new guy from making a fool of himself. https://t.co/AmMmYtpikT
— Peter Reckell (@peterreckell) May 9, 2020