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Siegfried Fischbacher of Siegfried and Roy dead at 81

Siegfried Fischbacher, one-half of the flamboyant big cat illusionist act Siegfried and Roy, died Wednesday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 81.

Fischbacher was reportedly terminally ill with pancreatic cancer and recently underwent an operation to remove a tumor, his reps announced in a statement to The Post.

He was released from the hospital earlier this month and was being cared for at home by two hospice workers.

The legendary magician’s death comes less than a year after the passing of his longtime stage partner Roy Horn due to complications from COVID-19.

The German-American duo met on a cruise ship, where they bonded over Horn’s pet cheetah, Chico, which he had smuggled on board.

Their act — which blended tiger-taming with David Copperfield-esque magic and a gaudy dose of Liberace glitz — launched in Sin City circa 1967. But it was their $30-million, 14-year-run at the Mirage theater, beginning in 1989, that propelled them into global stardom amid the height of the era of excess.

“We did what we did out of love, not for success or money,” Siegfried once said, according to his reps. “We had a deep respect for each other. We literally raised each other: I created Roy and Roy created Siegfried.” 

In 2003, Horn suffered a gory career-ending injury when Mantacore, a 400-pound Siberian tiger, sunk its teeth into his neck during a live performance — on his 59th birthday, no less — at the Mirage hotel-casino.

In a 2019 interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the performers said they had made peace with the infamous mauling incident that killed their careers.

“I really don’t miss it,” Fischbacher said at the time. “We have been on stage in Vegas just by themselves for 40 years on stage, you know? And we had the most successful show in the history of Las Vegas anyway.”

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