Roy Horn of Las Vegas Act 'Siegfried and Roy' Tests Positive for COVID-19

Junie Sihlangu
Apr 30, 2020
09:40 A.M.
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According to reports, Roy Horn is the latest celebrity to contract the novel coronavirus disease. Most people will recognize the star as one half of the famed entertainment duo, Siegfried & Roy.

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Horn’s publicist confirmed the news stating: "We can confirm that Roy Horn has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.” The good news, according to the publicist, is that the star is “responding well to treatment."

Horn, 75, and Siegfried Fischbacher both sent well wishes for those affected by the outbreak. The publicist also asked for people to “respect his right to privacy" during this difficult time.

Roy Horn and Siegfried Fischbacher posing with their white lion. Image uploaded on July 9, 2011 | Photo: Wikimedia/Carolhi

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HORN’S CAREER-ENDING INCIDENT

Horn and his partner are probably best known for their Las Vegas show at the Mirage Resort and Casino. The show from 1990 until 2003, and included illusions and white tiger-taming acts.

It ended its run when Horn was confronted on stage by one of the white tigers. Although he survived the mauling, Horn was left partially paralyzed after suffering a significant amount of blood loss.

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ROY’S INJURIES AFTER BEING MAULED

The star also suffered a stroke, had a severed spine, and massive blood loss. Despite this, he insisted that the incident wasn’t the tiger’s fault.

He explained how the 600-pound Montecore had seen him stumble and had wanted to help him. In 2013, Horn spoke to “Las Vegas Weekly” about the October 2003 incident.

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HORN FAINTS ON STAGE

He explained how he’d been suffering from high blood pressure at the time and fainted onstage after getting excited by their high-energy performance. The star recalled how “confused” the tiger was when it looked at him.

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TIGER TRIES TO HELP ROY

Horn explained how the animal had tried picking him up by the neck so it could take him aside and attend to him. The illusionist insisted it wasn’t an attack because when a tiger goes rogue it goes for the kill.

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PERFORMING ON SHIPS & CASINOS

Before the German duo opened the extravagant show they had built a successful brand as entertainers around the world. The pair performed everywhere including cruise ships and casinos.

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SIEGFRIED & ROY’S LAST PERFORMANCE

In 2009, Siegfried & Roy reunited for a once-off benefit performance and in 2019, the duo featured in a two-hour ABC special called “Siegfried & Roy: Behind the Magic.” Horn’s love for animals began when he was young.

As a child, he would often find solace at the Bremen Zoo where he befriended a two-year-old cheetah.

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