AceShowbiz - Siegfried & Roy star Roy Horn has died from coronavirus complications.
The original tiger king, 75, passed away in Las Vegas on Friday, May 08.
He tested positive for COVID-19 last month (April), and at the time, had been "responding well to treatment," according his publicist.
Paying tribute to his longtime stage partner, Siegfried Fischbacher shared in a statement, "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."
His death comes 17 years after the German illusionists had to shutter their popular Las Vegas show after Horn was dragged off the stage by one of the act's famous white tigers.
The pair always maintained the tiger, Montecore, was trying to protect Roy after the star suffered a stroke during the performance, which left him partially paralyzed.
The incident effectively ended his career, although Siegfried & Roy reunited for a one-off benefit show in 2009.