Tiger That Bit Roy Horn Is Dead
Horn never blamed Mantecore for the incident
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 26, 2014 9:42 AM CDT
Siegfried Fischbacher, left, and Roy Horn, of the illusionist team Siegfried & Roy, play with a six-week-old white-striped tiger cub at their Las Vegas home, Thursday, June 12, 2008.   (AP Photo/Louie Traub)

(Newser) – The tiger that nearly killed Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy in 2003 has died at age 17, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. The tiger, Mantecore, bit Horn on the neck during a show at the Mirage. Following the incident, Horn suffered a stroke and brain swelling that left him partially paralyzed and ended his stage career. But he never blamed Mantecore, refuted reports that the tiger "attacked" him, and allowed the tiger to spend the rest of his days between his own estate and the Mirage's Secret Garden of Siegfried & Roy. After the incident, Horn's only stage appearance has been at a benefit in 2009 that actually featured Mantecore, E! notes.

In fact, Horn and entertainment partner Siegfried Fischbacher insist Horn actually suffered the stroke first, and Mantecore was simply trying to drag Horn backstage to protect him. The tiger died last week "after a short illness," according to a press release. Says Horn in a statement, "The world has lost one of its most majestic creatures and I have lost a brother. I will forever believe it was his concern for my safety and well-being that caused him to act as he did on that night long ago." He adds on Facebook, "My lifesaver, 'Mantecore,' ... was the one responsible for pulling me to safety where the Paramedics could help me after my high blood pressure made me dizzy on stage."

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Mar 29, 2014 2:17 PM CDT
Did it die from aids - from biting that pole-smoking butt pirate? Or finally succumb to the humiliation of realizing all these years he was surrounded by sperm swallowing fags.....he should have ripped his fairy head off and swallowed it whole....who knows how many boys were lured there under the umbrella of "come see my cats", then he whipped out his fairy inch toothpick and had his way......no surprise the tiger spit him out after biting him...even wild animals cant stand colon cowboys and ball garglers
Mar 29, 2014 11:47 AM CDT
Mantecore was a beautiful cat and I'm glad they didn't destroy him after the incident, but I don't believe the story that's been spun about what happened to Roy, but it's his story and he can tell it any way he wants.
Mar 27, 2014 9:55 AM CDT
Good. http://bigcatrescue.org/abuse-issues/issues/white-tigers/