November 28, 2021
Tiger King's Joe Exotic says he has 'aggressive cancer' in note from prison

Joe Exotic transferred to North Carolina medical facility after ‘aggressive cancer’ diagnosis

Joseph Maldonado-Passage, higher often called Joe Exotic, has been transferred to a federal medical facility in North Carolina after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The Tiger King star, 58, was transferred by way of personal airplane to the Butner Federal Medical Middle from one other medical facility for inmates in Fort Value, Texas, someday between Tuesday night time and Wednesday morning, his lawyer John M. Phillips mentioned Saturday in a statement.

Phillips famous that the switch was supposed to occur later this month they usually have been hoping Maldonado-Passage could be despatched to Oklahoma, the place he might put together for re-sentencing and upcoming motions to overturn his conviction.

“He is one of the most passionate, full of life, clients I have ever had the pleasure of representing,” Phillips wrote, noting that he final spoke to Maldonado-Passage on Nov. 1. “Joe informed me that his fears were true. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. As noted in Joe’s recent statements, he has been undergoing medical treatment and tests for a host of issues.”

He continued, “The PSA test is a blood test used primarily to screen for prostate cancer. It was high months ago. He finally obtained biopsies. They revealed two cancerous areas. He is undergoing further testing.”

Maldonado-Passage revealed his prostate cancer diagnosis earlier this month in a press release that was shared on Instagram. “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 [sic] as well,” he wrote.

“Right now I don’t want anyone’s pity and I’m sure Carole Will have her own party over this!” Maldonado-Passage added, referencing his longtime rival Carole Baskin.

The previous zookeeper was sentenced to 22 years in jail final 12 months for varied crimes, together with a murder-for-hire plot to kill Baskin, 60, an animal rights activist and rival massive cat fanatic.

Maldonado-Passage and Baskin’s feud was documented in Netflix’s Tiger King: Homicide, Mayhem, and Insanity, which premiered on the streaming service in March 2020, turning into an early pandemic hit. The collection reached 34 million U.S. viewers in its first 10 days on the streaming platform. Season 2 of Tiger King premiered this week on Netflix.