“Do not let me go, do not let me go.”
Siegfried Fischbacher nonetheless thinks about Roy Horn’s final request and the way he wasn’t capable of meet it.
The final request — a plea to cease paramedics from taking him to the hospital — was additionally the very last thing Roy ever mentioned to Siegfried.
“He advised me, one night time as we have been having dinner, ‘You understand, if one thing occurs to me, do not take me to the hospital,'” Siegfried advised the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “When you do, I do know I am not going to return again.”
On the time of the aforementioned dinner dialog, Roy was already affected by COVID-19 symptoms and had an concept that loss of life wasn’t distant. Not lengthy after that, Roy was in want of hospital-level medical care, however he wished to live out his final days at Siegfried & Roy’s Las Vegas home, Little Bavaria.
“I went to mattress, and shortly there was a knock on my door,” Siegfried mentioned. “The nurse mentioned, ‘Mr. Siegfried, we have now to go to the hospital. The physician is right here, Roy has excessive fever, and we have now to take him to the hospital.’ I dress, I come out and there he’s, on a stretcher. In any case this, I didn’t know what to say. … However we have now to go to the hospital, the place there’s the precise gear.”
Siegfried remembers Roy wanting up at him in that second, saying, “Do not let me go, do not let me go.”
“The physician says, ‘Now we have to take him, we have now to,’ and I wished to go together with him, however they mentioned no one is allowed to be with him within the hospital,” Siegfried mentioned. “However that was the very last thing he mentioned to me, ‘Do not let me go.'”
From that second on, Siegfried would solely see his longtime associate via glass. The duo shared a ultimate wave via a window as Roy rested in an ICU mattress a few days before he passed.
Siegfried & Roy have been well-known in Europe, notably of their native Germany, however they shot to worldwide fame after launching their Las Vegas show.
Within the ’90s, lengthy earlier than the inflow of Cirque du Soleil and high-profile residency shows, their act was arguably the most popular ticket on the town.
The present, although, got here to a sudden and surprising finish in October 2003 when Roy was mauled by the big-cat Mantecore (then often known as Montecore) throughout a dwell present. Viewers members have been left shocked when the animal dragged Roy off stage in its mouth.
Siegfried & Roy would return to the stage one ultimate time in 2009 throughout a charity occasion for the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Middle for Mind Well being.