Tiger King zookeepers Erik Cowie ‘dies aged 53’

Tiger King zookeepers Erik Cowie is reported dead at the age of 53 xorlali.com reports. According to TMZ., the body of Tiger King zookeepers Erik Cowie was found in NYC. The cause of his death isn’t confirmed yet but there will be a toxicology test.

Erik Cowie was the head zookeeper at Joe Exotic’s GW Zoo.

Cowie was popular for his appearances on Netflix’s hit show from last year and continued working at the GW Zoo after Exotic’s arrest.

Joe Exotic was convicted of 17 charges of animal abuse and two counts of attempted murder for hire for the plot to kill his rival, Carole Baskin.

Cowie testified against him at his trial, alleging he’d seen Exotic shoot and kill some of the animals at the zoo.

Tiger King star Erik Cowie
Cowie was head zookeeper at the GW Zoo (Picture: Netflix)

Following the main series, Cowie spoke to Joel McHale for The Tiger King and I, a reunion episode that saw the stars of the series looking back on it.

Asked if Exotic should be released from prison, he said at the time: ‘No. Not no, but f*** no.

’22 years doing federal time – that guy’s gonna die in there. Good riddance.’

He added that, since the series stopped filming, he had been ‘living clean [and] loving Jesus and hadn’t had a chance to watch the documentary yet.

His fellow Tiger King stars have not yet spoken out.

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