One of the zookeepers featured alongside Joe Exotic in the hit Netflix docu-series Tiger King has died.

According to TMZ, Erik Cowie’s body was found “face down in a bedroom of a residence” in New York.

“Our sources say there’s nothing suspicious about the death at this point, and no drugs were found on the scene, though a toxicology test will likely still be performed,” they reported.

A short time ago they updated that investigating officers learned Erik used alcohol excessively, and a large bottle of vodka was found at the scene.

In a statement from prison, Joe Exotic wrote:

“I did everything I could to help him and save him from himself and he turned on me for fame. And money.

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“There are a couple others headed down the same path. RIP Erik. I will be making a donation in his name to a drug and alcohol treatment center.

“Agent Bryant and Carole Baskin have blood on their hands for setting all this up to start with.”

Erik was just 53.

 

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