The man named Tiger King, who became famous in a Netflix documentary after he was convicted for trying to hire someone to kill an animal rights activist, says he has cancer.
“With a sad face, I have to tell you … that my prostate biopsy has come back with an aggressive cancer,” wrote Joe Exotic, who is being held in a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas, on Twitter.
The blonde mullet-wearing former Oklahoma zookeeper, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is known for his swear words on YouTube and a failed 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial campaign.
He starred in the popular documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness.
Maldonado-Passage was sentenced to 22 years in prison in 2020 after being convicted of violating federal wildlife laws and a failed attempt to assassinate Carole Baskin, who runs a big cat rescue center in Florida.
A three-judge panel of the US District Court of Appeals for the 10th District in Denver ordered a new sentencing of Maldonado Passage to a shorter sentence in July.
The panel said its advisory penalty range should be between 17 and a half years and just under 22 years, rather than between just under 22 and 27 years in prison as used by the court.
Maldonado-Passage wrote on Twitter for prayers and “the world shall be my voice to be set free” and said there is no evidence that he committed any crimes.
The second series of the show will launch on Netflix on November 17th.
The new series will cover “Newly Found Revelations … about the motivations, backstories, and secrets of America’s most notorious big cat owners,” Netflix said in a statement.
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