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“King of the Tigers” Joe Exotic said he had “aggressive cancer”

FILE.  This undated photo, from a file provided by the Santa Rose County Jail in Milton, Florida, shows Joseph Maldonado Passage, also known as Joe Exotic.  The person known as "King of tigers" made famous in a Netflix documentary after being convicted of trying to hire someone to kill an animal rights activist, says he has "aggressive cancer." (Santa Rosa County Jail via AP file)

FILE. This undated photo, from a file provided by the Santa Rose County Jail in Milton, Florida, shows Joseph Maldonado Passage, also known as Joe Exotic. The man known as “The King of the Tigers”, who made a name for himself in a Netflix documentary after being convicted of trying to hire someone to kill an animal rights activist, says he has “aggressive cancer.” (Santa Rosa County Jail via AP file)

FILE. This undated photo, from a file provided by the Santa Rose County Jail in Milton, Florida, shows Joseph Maldonado Passage, also known as Joe Exotic. The man known as “The King of the Tigers”, who made a name for himself in a Netflix documentary after being convicted of trying to hire someone to kill an animal rights activist, says he has “aggressive cancer.” (Santa Rosa County Jail via AP file)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The man known as “The King of the Tigers,” who became famous in a Netflix documentary after being convicted of trying to hire someone to kill an animal rights activist, says he has cancer.

“I have to tell you with a sad face … that my prostate biopsy came back with aggressive cancer,” said Joe Exotic, who is being held at federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. tweeted Wednesday

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The former Oklahoma Zoo caretaker, dressed in a blond mullet, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is known for his scolding YouTube tirades and the failed Oklahoma governorship campaign in 2018.

He played an important role in the popular documentary The King of the Tigers: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

He was sentenced to 22 years in prison in 2020 after conviction for violating federal wildlife laws and a failed murder-for-hire conspiracy Carol Baskin, who runs a rescue shelter for big cats in Florida

A three-judge panel of the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled in July to review Maldonado Passage’s conviction. for a shorter period, finding that the trial court incorrectly considered the two convictions separately in calculating his prison term.

The group stated that its recommendatory sentence range should be from 17 1/2 to 22 years, rather than 22 to 27 years in prison, as was the case in the trial court.

Maldonado Passage tweeted asking for prayers and “for the world to be my voice, for it to be set free,” stating that there is no evidence that he was committing crimes.

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