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‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic says he has ‘aggressive cancer’

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The man known as “Tiger King,” who gained fame in a Netflix documentary following his conviction for trying to hire someone to kill an animal rights activist, says he has cancer. Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, says in a Twitter post Wednesday that a biopsy of his prostate revealed the “aggressive cancer.” The former Oklahoma zookeeper was sentenced to 22 years in prison after being convicted for violating federal wildlife laws and a failed murder-for-hire plot targeting rival Carole Baskin, who runs a rescue sanctuary for big cats in Florida. A federal appeals court in Denver earlier this year ordered that he be resentenced to a shorter term. He’s being held at a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas.

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