09/05/2020 08:58 BST

Roy Horn, Of Las Vegas Magic Duo Siegfried & Roy, Dies After Contracting Coronavirus, Aged 75

The magicians were world renowned for their shows involving white lions and tigers.

Magician Roy Horn, who was best known as one half of the Las Vegas performing duo Siegfried & Roy, has died at the age of 75 after contracting coronavirus.

The entertainer tested positive for the illness last month and was said to have been “responding well to treatment”.

However, his death was confirmed on Friday by his representative who said he died from “complications of Covid-19”.

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Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy 

Horn and Siegfried Fischbacher were world renowned for their Las Vegas shows involving white lions and tigers.

In a statement, Fischbacher said: “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.”

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(L-R) Siegfried & Roy 

It was announced on 28 April that Horn had tested positive for coronavirus.

Horn and Fischbacher, both Germans, launched their popular Las Vegas show at the Mirage in 1990, performing elaborate tricks alongside animals.

However, the act unravelled in October 2003 when a tiger named Mantecore  mauled Roy during a live performance.

The attack severed his spine, caused severe blood loss and inflicted several critical injuries, permanently affecting his ability to move, walk and speak.

Mantecore died in 2014.

Roy is the latest celebrity to die after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

Others include musician Adam Schlesinger, influential folk singer John Prine, comedian Eddie Large and jazz pioneer Ellis Marsalis Jr.