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Siegfried Fischbacher, who is half of the famous Siegfried & Roy magic act, has died at age 81 just 2 days after announcing he had cancer.

His partner Roy Horn passed away at age 75 eight months ago of COVID-19. Siegfried said at the time, “The world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend.”

TMZ reports that Siegfried died Wednesday night (1/13) at his home in Las Vegas from pancreatic cancer. His sister says he “fell asleep gently and peacefully.”

Fischbacher had just announced his terminal diagnosis, and though he’d undergone a lengthy surgery to remove a malignant tumor, the cancer had already spread. Siegfried was reportedly released from the hospital at his own request to spend his final days at home.

Siegfried and Roy performed together for four decades, best known for their run at The Mirage from 1990 until 2003.

Their act ended after Roy suffered a career-ending injury when a tiger attacked him on stage, leaving him partially paralyzed.