Jeff Lowe Will Claim Erik Cowie’s Body and spread his ashes

Jeff Lowe Will Claim ‘Tiger King’ Zookeeper Erik Cowie’s Body, Spread His Ashes

“Tiger King” zookeeper Erik Cowie doesn’t have any family … meaning his body could go unclaimed at the medical examiner’s office following his death. Enter Jeff Lowe.

Jeff tells TMZ … he does NOT want Erik’s body to be dumped in a mass grave just because he doesn’t have a family. Jeff says he plans to give Erik a proper sendoff and will do so by claiming his remains.

We’re told Jeff and Lauren plan to pay to have Erik cremated once the autopsy is completed. Soon after … Jeff wants to have a memorial service at his zoo in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

They’re considering having the memorial service streamed on Facebook Live so friends and fans can take part. The plan then is to spread Erik’s ashes with his favorite cat that died last year. The Liger’s name is Django.

We checked New York Law and it does indeed provide that when there’s no family, a close friend can claim a body. Erik’s remains have not been claimed as of Saturday at 9:58 AM ET.

Erik was found dead last week in NYC. Erik, a fan favorite on the Netflix documentary, was in town visiting a friend when he was found at her apartment.

Law enforcement sources told us investigators learned Erik used alcohol excessively … and a large bottle of vodka was found at the scene. He was only 53.