Tiger King zookeeper Erik Cowie reportedly found dead aged 53

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Tiger King zookeeper Erik Cowie reportedly found dead aged 53
Tiger King zookeeper Erik Cowie reportedly found dead aged 53. image: twitter

ERIK COWIE, the zookeeper for Tiger King Joe Exotic has reportedly been found ‘face down’ in his New York apartment

Erik Cowie, who was the zookeeper that appeared in the Netflix series working for Tiger King Joe Exotic, has reportedly been found dead in his New York apartment today, Tuesday, September 7, according to TMZ, who say he was found face down in a bedroom by a friend.

Sources of TMZ allegedly told them that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his apparent death, with no drugs being found in the apartment, although as is standard procedure, a toxicology test will still need to be carried out on his body.

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Erik had worked with Joe Exotic – real name, Joseph Maldonado-Passage – taking care of his animals for a long time, even testifying against his former boss, claiming he had witnessed Exotic ordering animals to be shot and killed at the zoo.

In January 2020, Joe Exotic was sentenced to 22 years in prison in the case where he was accused of twice hiring men to kill Carole Baskin, an animal rights activist who was trying to get his zoo closed down, accusing him of cruelty to the animals.

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Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sung and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and he has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

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