The Tiger King Has Cancer

There's renewed urgency to Joe Exotic's push to be freed from prison in Florida: The Tiger King star, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, says he's been diagnosed with a "very" aggressive form of prostate cancer. In a letter provided by his attorney, Joe says, "It is with a sad face that I have to tell you ... that my prostate biopsy came back with an aggressive cancer." He also writes that he's still awaiting another test result but believes animal rights activist Carole Baskin, his longtime rival and victim in a murder-for-hire plot, "will have her own party over this." Maldonado-Passage is awaiting re-sentencing after his 22-year sentence in the murder-for-hire plot was overturned in July. An appeals court found two separate 2019 convictions should've been grouped together, meaning Joe Exotic is likely to receive a shorter sentence. But the 58-year-old calls instead for compassionate release in his letter, asking for "the world to be my voice to be released." Meanwhile, you'll likely be hearing more about Joe as Tiger King 2 is arriving Nov. 17 on Netflix. (CNN)


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