‘Tiger King’ Star Joe Exotic Battling ‘Aggressive Cancer’
Joe Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado, is speaking out from behind bars about his cancer diagnosis.
In a letter posted on the “Tiger King” star’s Instagram account, he announced, “Everyone, It is with a sad face that I have to tell you the doctors called me in today to break the news that my prostate biopsy came back with an aggressive cancer, I am still waiting on the results from other test as well.”
He insisted, “Right now I don’t want anyone’s pity and I’m sure Carole [Baskin] Will have her own party over this! What I need is the world to be my voice to be released, they have the proof I DID NOT DO THIS! And there is no reason for the district attorney to drag this out, So I can go home and get treatment on my own or enjoy what life I have left with my loved ones! Say a prayer everyone & be my voice.”
His attorney John Phillips also tweeted, “I can and will publicly confirm Joe’s cancer. He and I spoke Monday with both of us in tears at a point. He needs freedom by so many definitions and we are diligent working towards that.”
Phillips also told CNN, "The PSA test is a blood test used primarily to screen for prostate cancer. It was high. He finally obtained biopsies. They revealed cancer. Medical care is different in a prison environment and fewer options are available.”
Joe is serving a 22-year sentence on several charges, including hiring hitmen to kill his nemesis, Big Cat Rescue owner Carole Baskin. A federal appeals court, however, vacated his sentence in July and is requiring a trial court to dole out a new sentence that groups some of his alleged crimes together.
The flamboyant big cat enthusiast shot to fame on the “Tiger King” docuseries in 2020. A second season is due to stream on Netflix November 17.