Erik Cowie Biography – Wiki
Erik Cowie, the star of ‘Tiger King’ Erik Cowie, who was a zookeeper in the Netflix series, was found dead.
Erik Cowie, who made several appearances in Netflix’s hit show, ‘Tiger King’ from last year as one of Joe Exotic’s longtime animal caretakers, admitted to having a drinking problem in the past. Cowie previously said that he was “at the end of (his) rope” with his drinking problems before finding Joe Exotic’s ‘Tiger King’. Earlier this year, Cowie even got a DUI in Oklahoma after a car accident. Cowie pleaded guilty and was set to be sentenced later, but he never showed up for his hearing.
Erik Cowie, who made several appearances on last year’s hit Netflix show ‘Tiger King’ as one of Joe Exotic’s animal keepers, has admitted to having a drinking problem in the past. Cowie previously said that he was “at the end of (his) rope” with his drinking problems before encountering Joe Exotic’s ‘Tiger King’. Earlier this year, Cowie even received a DUI in Oklahoma after a car accident. Cowie pleaded guilty and was scheduled to be sentenced later, but never showed up for his hearing.
Erik Cowie was one of Joe Exotic’s longtime animal caretakers, having worked at his zoo for eight years. However, relations between Cowie and Exotic soured when the latter was arrested in June 2018 for hiring two different hitmen to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin and various charges of animal abuse.
Cowie testified against Exotic at trial and told the court that he had witnessed him order the execution of several zoo animals. Cowie said in an interview earlier this year that he witnessed the Exotic kill more than 100 tigers. “Joe only cared about them in a monetary way,” and he added that one lion, in particular, hated Exotic so much that he was “trying to bite the cage to get him.” “I learned a lot from Joe, mostly about not what to do,” Cowie added. Although Cowie’s testimony helped secure Exotic’s 22-year prison sentence, he stayed at the zoo after Joe was incarcerated.
Erik Cowie has died at the age of 53-years-old.
Found Dead in NYC Apartment
‘Tiger King’ star Erik Cowie, who was a zookeeper on the Netflix series, was found dead face down on a bed inside a residence in New York City on Friday night, September 3. He was 53 years old. It was not immediately clear what Cowie was doing in New York, as he resides in Oklahoma. Reports cited “there was nothing suspicious about the death” and “no drugs were found at the scene,” however a toxicology test is likely to be performed.
Erik Cowie, one of the zookeepers featured in “Tiger King,” has died … TMZ found out.
Law enforcement sources tell us that Cowie’s body was found Friday in New York. We were told that a friend found him face down in a dorm room. It was unclear if he was hers or theirs … but he was a long way from Oklahoma, where he had lived and worked for the past several years.
Our sources say there is nothing suspicious about the death at this time, and no drugs were found at the scene, although a toxicology test is likely still in progress.