Roy Horn, one half of the famous Siegfried & Roy entertainment team, has tested positive for the coronavirus, his publicist said in a statement Tuesday.
Dave Kirvin, of Kirvin & Doak, confirmed that Horn, 75, tested positive for COVID-19 and is “responding well” to treatment, KNTV reported.
“We can confirm that Roy Horn has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 and is currently responding well to treatment,” Kirvin said in his statement. “Most importantly, Siegfried & Roy send positive wishes to everyone impacted by the pandemic. We will have no further comment on Roy’s recovery at this time and ask everyone to respect his right to privacy.”
Horn, born in Nordenham, Germany, paired with Siegfried Fischbacher to perform magic tricks and stunts with big cats. The pair performed worldwide and then became a staple in Las Vegas from 1990 to 2003, ABC News reported.
The act’s regular schedule of performances ended at The Mirage in 2003, when Horn was attacked onstage by his white Bengal tiger, Mantecore.
The tiger bit into Horn’s neck and dragged him off stage, KTNV reported. Horn’s spine was severed and caused severe injuries, the television station reported. He was initially unable to move, walk or speak after the attack, KNTV reported.
The pair returned to the Las Vegas stage for a final benefit performance in 2009, ABC News reported. The pair said they raised $14 million for the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Kirvin did not confirm when Horn tested positive for the virus or whether he was still hospitalized or recovering at his home, KVVU reported.