Siegfried Fischbacher dead: Siegfried and Roy star dies at 81 after cancer battle

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Siegfried and Roy star Siegfried Fischbacher has died following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The legendary magician was 81 and his death comes just months after his longtime stage partner Roy Horn passed away.

He's believed to have died at his home in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

The magician – along with his late partner Roy – become synonymous for performing across the globe with white tigers and white lions in the 1990s.

Siegfried was reportedly terminally ill with pancreatic cancer and recently underwent an operation to remove a tumour.

The magician's sister Dolore, a nun who lives in Munich, confirmed his death of cancer to news agency DPA.

Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn were famed for their incredible performances with wild cats
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Dolore said she was able to talk to her brother on the phone ahead of his passing, adding that they even prayed together.

“I could pray with him and tell him that I will always be with him in my heart,” she added.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the German star was "terminally ill with pancreatic cancer".

Magician Siegfried Fischbacher has sadly passed away aged 81
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Local media claimed he a lengthy 12 hour operation to remove a malignant tumour, before being "released form a clinic at his own request".

After being discharged from the clinic, the magician was under the watchful eye of two hospice workers.

Sadly, he was unable to see his friends and loved ones amid the pandemic due to the social restrictions currently in place.

The duo were famous across the globe in the 90s
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His tragic passing comes just months after his partner Roy Horn's death.

In May last year Roy Horn died aged 75 after complications from Covid-19.

A statement at the time said: "Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend.

Siegfried's partner Roy Horn (right) passed away last year
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"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 statement concluded.

Siegfried & Roy become synonymous for working with white tigers and white lions in the 1990s
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The magician's partner was left wheelchair-bound in 2003 and partially paralysed after he was attacked by a 400lb Bengal tiger during a performance at The Mirage hotel-casino in Sin City.

The ordeal left him with severe neck injuries and loss of blood before a stroke.

The terrifying incident saw Siegfried & Roy's longtime residency on the Las Vegas strip shut its doors.

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