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.
“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.