Siegfried Fischbacher: He really wanted to spend his last days at home

Siegfried Fischbacher
He really wanted to spend his last days at home

Siegfried (left) with fellow magician Roy at a Las Vegas event in 2014.

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That the late Siegfried Fischbacher could spend his last days in his home is said to have been his great wish.

The legendary magician Siegfried Fischbacher died on Wednesday (January 13th) at the age of 81 after suffering from severe cancer in Las Vegas. He "fell asleep gently and peacefully," his sister Dolore told the "Bild" newspaper. Siegfried's death was a relief, the sister continued. A friend of the British "Daily Mail" said that it was very important to him that the magician could spend his last days on his "Little Bavaria" estate after an operation and a hospital stay.

"It really didn't look good for Siegfried in the last few weeks, but he didn't want to stay in hospital. He always wanted to die peacefully at home," the source said. After seeing Roy die in the hospital last year, he was determined that when his time came, he wanted to be in a place where he was comfortable. Fischbacher's colleague magician and animal tamer Roy Horn (1944-2020) died in May 2020 at the age of 75 in a Las Vegas hospital as a result of complications related to a coronavirus infection.

Siegfried Fischbacher, born in Rosenheim in 1939, became world famous together with Horn as part of the artist duo Siegfried and Roy. They were particularly known for their shows in Las Vegas and their appearances with white lions and tigers. Several hotels along the Las Vegas amusement mile reminded of Fischbacher with large illuminated signs on Friday night.

Fans and friends mourn Fischbacher

"The death of Siegfried Fischbacher marks the end of an era," said the hotel operator MGM Resorts on twitter With. "Siegfried & Roy had a vision for the kind of entertainment spectacle the world had never seen before. We are grateful for all that they mean to us, Las Vegas and the world of entertainment." Carolyn Goodman, 81, Las Vegas Mayor, tweeted: "Siegfried was the nicest and most loyal friend and a wonderful person. What comfort is to know that he is now peacefully reunited with Roy Horn. You will be loved forever, dear Siegfried."

"I'm very sad because of my friend Siegfried, who is no longer with us," said singer Heino (82) to RTL. They have been close friends for over 40 years. "We celebrated my 80th birthday together the year before last. So today is a very sad day for me."

Michael "Bully" Herbig (52), who is working with UFA Fiction on a biopic about the magician duo, said in a press release: "I am infinitely grateful for the trust Siegfried and Roy have placed in me and I will do everything for it that this film does justice to these two exceptional artists. " He deeply regrets that he no longer had the opportunity to personally say goodbye to Siegfried. "In heaven you can now look forward to the greatest show of all time!" Promises Herbig.