Transcript for Siegfried Fischbacher of Siegfried and Roy fame dies at 81
We turn to the tributes for Las Vegas legend Siegfried. Half of the act Siegfried & Roy passing away just eight months after his partner. Deborah Roberts has more on the iconic performer and the duo's legacy, good morning, Deborah. Reporter: Good morning, Michael. Yes, this is truly the end of an era. Siegfried fischbacher was a charismatic larger than life showman that helped give rise to the Las Vegas we know today, the architect behind the spectacular show which electrified the strip and made Siegfried & Roy global superstars. His name sin none news with las Vegas magic. Siegfried fischbacher, half of a dazzling duo that electrified the strip. When I see the wonderment in the eyes of the audience and the performer and audience became one it's very gratifying. Reporter: For decades fischbacher along with Roy horn mesmerized audiences with their flashy stage show filled with illusions, mystery and danger. Danger that nearly cost Roy his life in 2003 when one of the pair's famous white tigers pounced on him before a live audience snatching his throat, crushing his windpipe. Horn spent weeks in intensive care and months in rehab. Siegfried always at his side. Horn survived but the spectacular show did not. Officially ending in 2010. The legendary pair sharing their memories with me during their final interview in 2019. What do you want your legacy to be? What do you want people to remember Siegfried & Roy for? Siegfried & Roy, my legacy, you can achieve everything. It's the American story from the dishwasher to, what, to Siegfried & Roy. Reporter: Eight months ago horn succumbed to the coronavirus. Siegfried releasing this I have lost my best friend. There could be no Siegfried without Roy and no Roy without Siegfried. After losing his brief battle with cancer this morning tributes pouring in for 81-year-old Siegfried from illusionist criss angel. He was just a wonderful, kind, talented man. Reporter: Remembering his mentors and friends. I would show them my vhs tapes of what I was working on, and they would always encourage me and they really believed in my ability and my vision. I wasn't famous. I wasn't known. They just did it out of the goodness of their heart to try to help me so they will always have a tremendous place in my heart. Reporter: And Penn jillette too. Siegfried & Roy, especially Siegfried loved the audience. As skilled as he was, there was a wonderful naive quality of I'm just here and I'm loving you that I think every entertainer strives for and Siegfried had. Reporte Siegfried & Roy really transformed magic. It was dangerous. It was sexy. It was provocative. Their effects will be felt in magic's history for decades to come. Reporter: Absolutely, during our visit, it was very clear that Siegfried never lost touch with that audience that he loved. What a joy to watch him mingling in the secret garden delighting his fans with impromptu magic tricks and just reveling in their squeals. Michael, so many of those fans today now posting their memories on Instagram and all over social media saying, how meaningful it was in their lives and with their families actually because this was a family act to witness Siegfried & Roy. Definitely the end of an era, Michael. End of an era and brought a lot of happiness to a lot of people who saw them. Coming up later, Jeff
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