Heartbreaking news for lovers of animals and variety shows. Legendary act Siegfried and Roy lost one of their white lions at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio on Friday. The lions have always been the act’s trademark.
The lion’s name, appropriately, was Legendary. He was 14 years old when he died, going into cardiac and respiratory arrest simultaneously, according to the zoo. Apparently, the zookeepers noticed that Legendary’s left leg wasn’t working correctly. They brought a veterinarian in, who did an ultrasound of the lion’s heart. At the time, nothing appeared to be wrong. After the ultrasound, however, Legendary passed away. The zoo called the incident “a tremendous loss.”
Siegfried and Roy (whose lesser-known surnames are Fischbacher and Horn, respectively) held their famous act at The Mirage for 13, consecutive years. In 2003, the act, which included magic tricks and tigers, ended suddenly when Horn was punctured nearly to death by one of their tigers. Horn was knocked to the ground, and the tiger pulled him off the stage. Afterward, Horn experienced a stroke, and he is partially paralyzed. The tiger died in 2014.
Our hearts are with the Toledo Zoo as they mourn the loss of such a beloved animal.