Tiger King's Joe Exotic Says He'll Be 'Dead in 2-3 Months' In Very Depressing Open Letter
Despite being behind bars, Tiger King’s Joe Exotic is still managing to communicate with the world – this time in a three-page letter obtained by TMZ, in which the former zookeeper says he’ll be “dead in 2-3 months”.
In the letter penned to his “Supporters, Fans, Loves Ones”, Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, claims he has an immune disorder he was born with and that he hasn’t been receiving blood transfusions for since January.
“As most people know I was born with CVID [common variable immune deficiency], not Covid-19, and hemogamaglobinanemia and required blood infusions every 4 weeks,” he wrote.
“I’m loosing weight, sores won’t heal, I’ll be dead in 2-3 months. It’s like I have been sent to death row.”
Joe is currently serving time (a massive 22 years) for animal abuse and his involvement in the murder-for-hire plot of another big cat owner, animal rights activist Carole Baskin. (Joe says he's innocent of the latter charges, despite being found guilty). Of course, you can check out more of Joe's story on the Netflix documentary series, Tiger King, which blew up earlier this year.
Also in the letter, Exotic says his “soul is dead” and that he’s being tormented by folks sending him info about his hubby Dillon Passage living it up and partying without him. To add fuel to the fire, Joe says Dillon has gone radio silent on him.
Dillon has since responded to the letter, writing on Instagram: “My heart is breaking after reading Joe’s letter. He is living in hell right now and I’m outraged by the way he is being treated. I can’t even begin to imagine how that is breaking his spirit. I love Joe and I’m standing by him. The photos that I post on here are a highlight reel of my life… What you don’t see are the hours that I’m alone at home, missing my husband and my friend."
My heart is breaking after reading Joe’s letter 💔 He is living in hell right now and I’m outraged by the way he is being treated. I can’t even begin to imagine how that is breaking his spirit. I love Joe and I’m standing by him. The photos that I post on here are a highlight reel of my life… What you don’t see are the hours that I’m alone at home, missing my husband and my friend. I’ve been writing letters and it is a shame to hear that he isn’t receiving them… I know they limit the amount he can read in a week and I only hope they eventually get to him. Joe, I hope that this reaches you too. Know that I love you and I’m fighting for you everyday. #freejoeexotic ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Exotic’s legal team has been hard at work trying to get a pardon from Trump, which would see him released from prison early – and to be honest, far stranger things have happened so he could be in with a chance.
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