Siegfried Fischbacher (died January 13th, aged 81)
One-half of the magician duo Siegfried & Roy, Siegfried Fischbacher passed away in Las Vegas just two days after he announced his pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Fischbacher’s death came eight months after his longtime professional partner and friend Roy Horn died in May from complications caused by COVID-19. Horn was 75.
Best known for their performances with white lions and white tigers, Fischbacher and Horn had a Las Vegas show called Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage Resort and Casino, which ran from February 1st, 1990 until Horn’s career-ending injury on his birthday on October 3rd, 2003. Months later, Fischbacher and Horn started serving as executive producers on the short-lived NBC animated series Father of the Pride, which was partly based on their Las Vegas show.