Fischbacher was born in Rosenheim, Germany, on June 13, 1939, and met Horn in 1957. The German duo began performing in Las Vegas in 1967. Before they opened an extravagant show at The Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in 1990, Fischbacher and Horn had built a successful brand as Siegfried and Roy, entertainers who performed everywhere around the world from cruise ships to casinos.
After thousands of performances together, Fischbacher and Horn’s show at The Mirage came to an unexpected close in 2003 following an onstage incident involving Horn and his white Bengal tiger, Mantecore.
The duo stepped back onstage for one final performance on March 1, 2009, when they held a benefit show for the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. They said it raised $14 million.
The duo sat down with “20/20” in 2019 for “Siegfried & Roy: Behind the Magic,” a two-hour special on their storied career.
In May, prior to Horn’s death, the duo shared the following message of love and support for those affected by COVID-19:
“Everyone in the United States and around the world impacted by this health crisis remain in our prayers. We know the real magic in all of us caring, cheering, loving and thanking one another will return everyone to good health and happiness. We can’t wait until it is possible for all of us to hug each other safely again. Love to all, Siegfried & Roy.”
Funeral services for Fischbacher will be private with plans for a public memorial in the future, according to his rep.