Probably the most recognisable stars of the hit Netflix documentary has been discovered lifeless in New York Metropolis.
Erik Cowie, the zookeeper of Netflix’s zany animal documentary collection Tiger King, has died at 53.
Authorities discovered Cowie’s physique September 3 in New York Metropolis, TMZ reported, after a buddy discovered him face down in a bed room.
It’s unclear why the animal coach was within the Massive Apple, as he lived in Oklahoma. No medicine have been discovered on the scene and a toxicology report is anticipated.
Cowie appeared on the fact present as one in all now-imprisoned star Joe Unique’s longtime animal caretakers. After Joe, 58, was despatched to jail, Cowie stayed and took care of his massive cats on the Higher Wynnewood Unique Animal Park.
He later testified in opposition to the animal wrangler who allegedly abused and killed a few of his animals.
Cowie was busted for a DUI in Oklahoma earlier this yr after being concerned in a automobile accident. He pleaded responsible and was imagined to be sentenced shortly after the incident, however he failed to show up for his listening to.
Many followers have speculated prior to now that Cowie’s crooked enamel have been on account of meth use. He denied that hearsay and as soon as stated his unhealthy pearly whites have been on account of previous age. He acquired dental implants in July 2020 from fellow Tiger King star Jeff Lowe.
Cowie had admitted to having a ingesting drawback prior to now and in accordance with TMZ, he beforehand stated he was “on the finish of [his] rope” together with his alcoholism previous to discovering Joe.
Joe, whose actual identify is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is serving 22 years in a federal medical jail in Fort Price, Texas, after he allegedly tried to rent two hit males to kill his enterprise rival Carole Baskin.
Baskin’s Massive Cat Rescue was awarded management over Unique’s animal park in Wynnewood by a choose in 2020, a part of the settlement in her longstanding trademark lawsuit in opposition to Unique. Baskin offered the Oklahoma property and one of many provisions is that the land can’t be used as a zoo for 100 years. Lowe turned over the entire animals from Unique’s zoo to the Division of Justice.
This text initially appeared within the NY Post and was reproduced with permission.