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Tiger that attacked Roy at The Mirage in Las Vegas has died

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Tiger that attacked Roy at The Mirage in Las Vegas has died

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Mar 25, 2014

Mantecore, the white tiger who appeared in thousands of Las Vegas performances with Siegfried & Roy, passed away after a short illness on March 19. He was 17.

"The world has lost one of its most majestic creatures and I have lost a brother," said Roy Horn. "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. We spent many hours together and he never failed to bring me great joy and wonderment. It was my great honor to be beside him at the end. He is now playing with his siblings in White Tiger heaven."

Mantecore, whose name has been reported as 'Montecore' in previous media reports, performed during the duo's record-setting run at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

"His contribution to the avalanche of awareness for conservation and preservation has made him unforgettable. His spirit will live forever with Siegfried & Roy and his multitude of fans," added Horn.

Siegfried & Roy performed at the Mirage from 1990 until the attack on Oct. 3, 2003.