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‘Cursed’ Tiger King stars who befriended Joe Exotic but ended up useless, in prison or divorced

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THE hit Netflix present Tiger King had viewers on the sting of their seats, as they binged on the sequence throughout lockdown final yr.

But, regardless of Joe Exotic and the remainder of the forged changing into family names, many have fallen sufferer to the Tiger King curse.

Tiger King was the hit Netflix present everybody liked – but the forged have all been cursedCredit: Netflix
Erik Cowie was found dead in his apartment this week
Erik Cowie was discovered useless in his condominium this weekCredit: Netflix

Eccentric Joe’s fourth husband Travis Maldonado was 23 years outdated when he shot himself in the zoo’s reward store – together with his loss of life lined in an episode of Tiger King.

And Joe, himself, is serving time in prison whereas additionally residing with most cancers – and it hasn’t been a mattress of roses for his fellow forged members.

Several of these who cropped up in the sequence have since been slapped with animal cruelty fees, arrested for drink driving and, this week, zookeeper Erik Cowie was discovered useless in his New York condominium, aged 53.

There was nothing suspicious in regards to the loss of life, sources informed TMZ, and no medicine have been discovered on the scene, but it’s doubtless {that a} toxicology take a look at will nonetheless be carried out.

In the previous, Erik – who labored at Joe’s zoo for eight years – has admitted to having a consuming downside but denied hypothesis he was a meth addict.

Earlier this yr, he bumped into authorized hassle after being busted for a DUI in Oklahoma following a automotive accident.

However, he didn’t present up to his courtroom look, which led to an arrest warrant being issued in May.

But Erik is, in no way, the one Tiger King star to have skilled turbulence because the present aired on Netflix.

Cancer prognosis in prison

Joe Exotic is serving 22 years in prison - and also has prostate cancer
Joe Exotic is serving 22 years in prison – and likewise has prostate most cancersCredit: Mega

In January 2020, Joe Exotic was sentenced to 22 years in prison for 17 federal fees for animal abuse and an tried murder-for-hire plot in opposition to his nemesis Carole Baskin.

And earlier this yr, the previous zookeeper was identified with prostate most cancers.

However, he’s been informed all exams, medical visits and blood probes have been “not happening” and medical doctors concern his most cancers has unfold to his pelvis and abdomen.

He even informed us he was scared he’ll die of coronavirus in prison as a consequence of a weakened immune system.

Last month, he informed us he is waited for months to get care after his prostate most cancers was identified, but revealed he won’t get chemotherapy if the situation has reached Stage 3 or past.

Joe has at all times maintained his innocence and Team Tiger, a bunch of legal professionals and supporters, has been working behind the scenes for his launch. 

And following the US Court of Appeals’ determination to assessment the sentence he was given, Joe is now awaiting a re-sentencing.

Couple arrested for drink driving

Jeff Lowe and his wife Lauren were arrested for drink driving
Jeff Lowe and his spouse Lauren have been arrested for drink drivingCredit: Barcroft Media

Jeff Lowe and his spouse Lauren have been arrested in Oklahoma for driving underneath the affect in June.

Jeff was moreover charged with altering lanes improperly, in keeping with People.

In a duplicate of the incident report, officers reportedly noticed a white Range Rover pulling out of a parking zone, earlier than driving over a curb after which stopping abruptly. 

Police alleged Lauren received out of the driving force’s seat and swapped locations with Jeff, who then took over driving. 

Both Jeff and Lauren have been mentioned to be slurring their speech and had “a strong odor commonly associated with the consumption of an alcoholic beverage”.

The married couple – who took over Joe’s unique animal park – have been each arrested simply two weeks after they have been accused of violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) following an investigation that discovered situations of animal mistreatment at their Tiger King Park in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

Arrested for drink driving and divorced Joe

Joe's fifth husband Dillon Passage was arrested for drink driving
Joe’s fifth husband Dillon Passage was arrested for drink drivingCredit: Instagram/Joe Exotic

Joe’s fifth husband, Dillon Passage, was additionally arrested for drink driving in November, and apparently name-dropped Joe’s title because the police cuffed him.

Dillon, 25, made police “conscious of his social standing and marriage to famed Joe Maldonado-Passage on scene of the incident,” TMZ reported.

When questioned by police, Dillon gave the wrong time and placement.

Police additionally mentioned Dillon had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech they usually detected alcohol in his breath.

He mentioned his automobile had all of a sudden stopped working and that he was ready of this sister, and admitted to consuming three Modelo beers and being “maybe a bit intoxicated.”

Dillon ultimately introduced he and Joe have been divorcing in an Instagram put up, earlier this yr.

He mentioned: “To answer the main question the public wants to know, yes, Joe and I are seeking a divorce.” 

He added: “In November of 2017 I met Joe who was there for me throughout a troublesome time in my life.

“After just 9 short months he was arrested and, for the last two and a half years, we have been apart. I’ve always stood by his side and will continue to always love and support him.”

Charged with wildlife trafficking

Doc Antle was charged with wildlife trafficking
Doc Antle was charged with wildlife traffickingCredit: Refer to Caption

Bhagavan “Doc” Antle owned Myrtle Beach Safari, in South Carolina, which he ran together with his three girlfriends and youngsters for 37 years.

The zoo – the place you possibly can pet tiger cubs – was highly regarded till Doc featured on Tiger King.

In October final yr, he was indicted on 15 fees together with wildlife trafficking and animal cruelty associated to his exercise with lions.

The fees stemmed from a months-long investigation into unlawful promoting and transportation of lions between Doc and Keith Wilson, proprietor of Wilson’s Wild Animal Park in Winchester, Virginia.

Keith had been indicted on equivalent fees to Doc, plus 4 extra counts of conspiracy.

Two of Doc’s daughters have been additionally indicted on misdemeanour counts of cruelty to animals and violating the Endangered Species Act. 

Permanently banned from proudly owning animals

Former zoo owner Tim Stark has been permanently banned from owning animals
Former zoo proprietor Tim Stark has been completely banned from proudly owning animalsCredit: Fox

Tim Stark, former proprietor of Wildlife in Need in Charlestown, Indiana was a one-time buying and selling companion of Joe.

However, earlier this yr, a choose banned him from ever proudly owning animals once more.

Tim’s licence was revoked after a string of allegations of mistreatment of animals, together with the position of an ostrich in an emu enclosure that resulted in the violent loss of life of the fowl.

He was additionally accused of placing 100 animals in a 28-foot trailer with no air circulation for 36 hours, resulting in the loss of life of 30 of these animals.

Tim was additionally ordered to return any cash meant for his enterprise that he pocketed for himself.

The Indianapolis Zoo will proceed to look after the animals that have been taken from his facility final September. 

‘Hitman’ arrested for drink driving

Frank Allen Glover - Joe's alleged hitman - was arrested for drink driving
Frank Allen Glover – Joe’s alleged hitman – was arrested for drink drivingCredit: .

The alleged hitman that Joe employed to kill Carole was arrested for driving underneath the affect, driving underneath suspension, and alcohol with a damaged seal, final month.

Handyman Frank Allen Glover “appeared to be disoriented, uncoordinated, and had an unsteady walk,” earlier than strolling over to his van, in keeping with police experiences.

Police mentioned Frank informed them he had been taking part in grownup leisure institutions actions “for a couple of minutes” and had “two beers” earlier than the police checked on him.

He informed them he didn’t know he didn’t know his alphabet or numbers, earlier than he was taken to the Valley Brook police station, the place he failed a breathalyser take a look at.

Frank – who has mentioned he by no means had any intention of killing Carole – was launched the subsequent day.

It appears to be like like there actually is a Tiger King curse.

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