Joe “Exotic” Maldonado-Passage, born Joseph Schreibvogel, the star of Netflix’s “Tiger King,” announced he has “aggressive” prostate cancer via his Instagram page. Yes, he can still control his Instagram from federal prison. (You can see the hand-written version of his message, dated Oct. 27, 2021, by scrolling to the right on his post.)
Maldonado-Passage asked followers to be his “voice to be released,” adding, “So I can go home and get treatment on my own or enjoy what life I have left with my loved ones!”
Plus, he added, “they have the proof I DID NOT DO THIS! And there is no reason for the district attorney to drag this out.”
Read the full caption below. Naturally, it includes a shot at big-cat rival Carole Baskin, whom Joe Exotic was convicted of attempting to murder via a hitman. Hence the prison term.
“Everyone … It is with a sad face that I have to tell you the doctors called me in today to break the news that my prostate biopsy came back with an aggressive cancer, I am still waiting on the results from other test as well. Right now I don’t want anyone’s pity and I’m sure Carole Will have her own party over this! What I need is the world to be my voice to be released, they have the proof I DID NOT DO THIS! And there is no reason for the district attorney to drag this out, So I can go home and get treatment on my own or enjoy what life I have left with my loved ones! Say a prayer everyone & be my voice.”
Maldonado-Passage tagged himself, Fox News, TMZ, former president Donald Trump and others on the photo of him cuddling with a white Bengal tiger cub.
See the Instagram post here:
“Tiger King 2” premieres on Netflix on Nov. 17. Watch the trailer here.