Tiger King’ star Joe Exotic ‘not shocked’ by the death of Erik Cowie

Tiger King star Joe Exotic — whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage — said he's "not shocked" by the death of Erik Cowie, who appeared alongside him in last year's popular Netflix docuseries. Cowie worked for more than five years as Exotic's zookeeper, and he testified against him in the trial that sent Exotic to prison for animal abuse and his part in a murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin. Exotic claimed that, except for in court, the last time he spoke to Cowie is when he helped him get a job taking care of some of his tigers near Tulsa, Okla., after he had been fired for drinking on the job.

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