After several unsuccessful attempts to obtain a pardon from former President Trump
Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as the zoo owner Joe Exotic from the Netflix series “Tiger King,” said this week that his PSA levels were high, an indicator that he may have cancer.
“The prison has approved testing to verify what stage it is in,” Maldonado-Passage wrote in a series of tweets. “My body is tired, I have lost a tremendous amount of weight, the mouth sores are out of control, I throw up more than I eat.”
He called for his followers to help get the word out to Biden, Vice President Harris and Attorney General Merrick Garland
…are out of control, I throw up more than I eat. I don’t want anyone’s pity, what I need is when John Phillips gets the evidence he is working on, I need the world to help him get President Biden, VP Harris and the Attorney General to listen to the evidence and see that…
— Joe Exotic (@joe_exotic) May 14, 2021
He added that multiple medical exams have been scheduled.
Maldonado-Passage is behind bars for his involvement in a murder-for-hire scheme against fellow “Tiger King” star and his declared nemesis, Carole Baskin of Big Cat Rescue. He has also been found guilty of multiple wildlife violations.
He alleges that prosecutors lied in his case which resulted in a 22 year federal prison sentence.
Maldonado-Passage appealed several times for a pardon from Trump before he left office in January.
He wrote in a letter to Trump, “If I have ever looked up to anyone, it would be you, not because I need you to save my life but because you stand for what you believe no matter what anyone thinks.”
Maldonado-Passage also submitted additional pardon application materials and he sent a letter to the then-president’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. seeking help and claiming that he has faced violence in prison, according to multiple reports.
Trump ultimately granted clemency to more than 100 people in one of his final acts as commander in chief but the former Oklahoma tiger wrangler was not one of them.