Siegfried Fischbacher, the surviving member of stage act Siegfried & Roy, is reportedly battling terminal cancer.
According to a report from Bild, a German publication, Fischbacher is “terminally ill with pancreatic cancer.”
The illusionist is reportedly at his Las Vegas home following a “12-hour operation” to remove a malignant tumour. He was “released from a clinic at his own request” and is currently being monitored by two hospice workers.
“I take my brother with me in every one of my prayers and I am deeply connected to him,” Fischbacher’s sister, who is currently unable to visit him due to the coronavirus pandemic, said to Bild.
Fischbacher released a statement after Horn’s death.
“Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend,” he said. “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.”
The entertainers are known for their elaborate performances in Las Vegas, performing for over a decade and enacting dangerous tricks involving tigers and big cats.
The pair were both born in Germany and met each other while working on a cruise ship in 1957.