Roy Horn of famous Las Vegas stage show Siegfried and Roy reportedly dies of coronavirus

Siegfried Fischbacher (left) and Roy Horn (right)
Siegfried Fischbacher (left) and Roy Horn (right) Photo credit: Getty

Roy Horn, one half of the famed Las Vegas stage show Siegfried and Roy, has died after contracting COVID-19.

TMZ reports the 75-year-old died on Saturday after being diagnosed with the virus just over a week ago.

The news site says it was given a statement from Siegfried Fischbacher who worked alongside Horn in Vegas from 1990 to 2003.

"The world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend," he reportedly said.

"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."

Siegfried and Roy rose to fame for their tiger-studded magic shows. In 2003 their show ended when Horn was mauled on stage by a 172kg tiger. The attack, which the pair have maintained was actually the tiger saving Horn from a mini-stroke, left him paralysed as the tiger severed his spine.