'Tiger King' Joe Exotic On Erik Cowie's death: He Got What He Deserved!!

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Days ago it was announced that zookeeper Erik Cowie, who was featured in the Netflix Tiger King series, had died of unknown causes in Brooklyn. He was 53.

Cowie testified against Joe Exotic in court, and Joe says he's not sorry to hear his former friend and employee had passed away.

"Erik Cowie got what he deserved," Exotic told the Daily Mail. "Never wish evil upon anyone else. God is watching. So am I shocked he is gone? No, not a bit. I put him through rehab in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and still [gave] him a home and a job," Exotic said.

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"The next time I saw him was at my trial when he was [sitting] up there lying his ass off because he needed to kiss Jeff's ass to stay at my zoo and to be the big cat hero on Netflix," he added.

In a special episode of the documentary, Cowie said of Exotic:

"Twenty-two years doing federal time – that guy's gonna die in there. Good riddance."