Tiger King Zookeeper Erik Cowie Dead at 53

Tiger King star Erik Cowie is dead at 53: The zookeeper who worked for Joe Exotic was found ‘face down in a bed’ in New York City on Friday

Erik Cowie — one the zookeepers featured on “Tiger King” — has died.

Law enforcement sources tell us Cowie’s body was found Friday in NYC. We’re told a friend found him face down in the bedroom of a residence. Unclear if it was his or theirs … but he was a long way from Oklahoma, where he’d worked and lived in recent years.

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.

On Tuesday it was reported that Erik Cowie, who was a zookeeper on the hit Netflix series, had been found dead while face down in a bed inside a residence in New York City on Friday evening.

The TV veteran must have been visiting the city as he usually resides in Oklahoma.

Cowie became famous for starring with Joe Exotic on the Netflix show.

Erik worked as an animal caretaker who looked after several big cats. He had been at the zoo for many years and even stayed on after Joe was incarcerated.

But Erik and Joe did not have the best relationship as Cowie testified against Joe for abusing and killing some of his zoo animals, which led to Joe’s conviction. 


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