Tiger that Injured Las Vegas Entertainer Roy Horn Dies

Montecore, the white tiger that left famed Las Vegas illusionist Roy Horn disabled, has died at age 17.

Horn, who was injured by the 380-pound tiger during a live performance by Siegfried & Roy at The Mirage hotel-casino in 2003, has always maintained Montecore did not attack him but was trying to save his life.

Roy Horn 10 Years After Tiger Incident Is a 'Little Bit Handicapped'

It was 10 years ago that Roy Horn of the celebrated duo Siegfried and Roy stood on the Las Vegas stage. Suddenly, he was no longer standing.

Instead, he was being hauled off the stage in the mouth of a white tiger named Montecore.

Siegfried & Roy Take Stage with Attack Tiger

For the first time since he was mauled onstage by a tiger, illusionist Roy Horn performed with the same animal that nearly ended his life more than five years ago in Las Vegas.

The performance Saturday at the Keep Memory Alive charity benefit was also the last time the legendary duo of Siegfried & Roy plan on performing together.

“Within all of us there is an elusive melody which, when heard and followed, will lead you to the fulfillment of your wildest dreams,” he was heard saying in a recorded message to the crowd at Las Vegas’s Bellagio.

Arrest in Siegfried & Roy Drive-By Shooting

Police have taken into custody a former Oakland Raiders place-kicker as part of their investigation into a Sept. 21 drive-by shooting at the Las Vegas home of Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn.

Cole Murdoch Ford, 31, whose three-year NFL career ended after several crucial missed kicks during the 1997 season, had been identified earlier by police as the owner of a white minivan from which shots were fired at the entertainers’ compound.

Roy Horn: Tiger 'Saved My Life'

Here’s the main thing: Even though a 600-lb. white tiger tore into his neck, punctured arteries and dragged him half-conscious across a stage in front of a live audience, legendary Las Vegas performer Roy Horn is adamant that the animal, named Montecore, never meant to hurt him. All those stories, all those headlines, he says, got it wrong. “Montecore,” he insists, “saved my life.”

Roy Horn Makes Rare Public Appearance

Roy Horn made a rare public appearance on the Las Vegas Strip on Tuesday night, flashing a thumbs-up from his wheelchair at Havana Night Club, a Cuban revue he and partner Siegfried Fischbacher are co-producing, reports the Associated Press.

“He stayed for the whole show and loved it,” Dave Kirvin, a spokesman for Siegfried & Roy said Wednesday, adding that Horn met with cast members after the previous evening’s performance.

Roy Horn Moved to Colorado Hospital

Roy Horn, of the Las Vegas duo Siegfried & Roy, appears to have taken another step on the road to recovery.

Horn, who was mauled by a white tiger during a performance on Oct. 3, 2003, has been transported to a Colorado hospital that specializes in spinal cord and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, the Associated Press reports.

The famed performer arrived at Craig Hospital in Englewood, near Denver, earlier this week, and was evaluated on Thursday. A spokesman for Horn would not comment on his length of stay or the type of treatment he might receive.

Roy Horn Makes First Public Appearance

Las Vegas legend Roy Horn made his first public appearance since his October 2003 mauling by a tiger, appearing via satellite Monday to an audience of advertisers and TV journalists at NBC’s annual presentation of its new fall lineup in New York.

Horn, 59, sported eyeglasses and a short haircut and didn’t move his left arm during the interview, in which he discussed the new computer-animated series Father of the Pride – about the lions that performed in Siegfried and Roy’s stage show, as well as other animals living within the pair’s Las Vegas residential compound.

Roy Horn Announces He's 'Doing Better'

Roy Horn is continuing to make progress and make headlines. The “Siegfried & Roy” star, who was felled on stage by a 300-lb. tiger in October, says he’s on the mend and is working hard with a physical therapist to continue improving, the German magazine Bunte reports.

“You know, I almost had two feet in the grave, but now I’m doing better,” the weekly publication quotes Horn, 59, as saying in a telephone interview from his Vegas home. (Horn is a native German.)

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