Tiger King Reptile Dealer Jeff Johnson Dead by Suicide at 58

Helen Dunmore
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Tiger King's Jeff Johnson dead at age 58 after committing suicide

Jeff Johnson

According to police authorities, Jeff Johnson, a reptile trader who appeared in Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, committed suicide in September. He was 58 years old at the time. The 2020 docuseries, which centered on an eccentric cast of characters involved with the exotic animal trade in the Southern United States, became a cultural phenomenon when it aired, aided by the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and the fact that nearly everyone in the country was at home and looking for distractions at the time. It has produced a plethora of spinoffs, fictionalized tales, parodies, comic comics, and (obviously) litigation.

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According to the Oklahoma City Police Department, Johnson committed suicide on September 8 after an altercation with his wife in their home’s garage. According to an incident report obtained by PEOPLE, Johnson shot himself in front of his wife. According to the article, Johnson’s wife immediately dialed 911, and when local officials came, he still had a pulse. Johnson, on the other hand, was declared dead. The couple’s children were also there at the time of the occurrence, according to police, and Johnson was not known to suffer from any mental problems before his death. In Tiger King’s season one, episode four, Johnson had a brief cameo broadcast in 2020, when he discussed animal rights activist Carole Baskin.

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 At the onset of the coronavirus outbreak last year, the Netflix docuseries captivated the nation’s attention by showing the large Oklahoma cat zoo run by Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic. Maldonado-Passage was convicted in April 2019 of a murder-for-hire plan to assassinate his competitor, Baskin. In 2020, he was sentenced to 22 years in jail for this and other offenses, including murdering tigers to create a way for additional big cats at his exotic animal park.Johnson died just a few days after zookeeper Erik Cowie, who appears in Tiger King as well. PEOPLE verified at the time that Cowie died on September 3 from acute and chronic alcohol usage at his Brooklyn, New York residence. . Ruled his cause of death to be natural.

Before his death, Cowie worked as a zookeeper with Joe Exotic at the ill-fated G.W. Exotic Animal Memorial Park in Wynnewood. In the case, Cowie testified against Joe Exotic.

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Helen Dunmore

Hey, I'm Helen Dunmore an article writer from London Ontario, Canada. I had done a master's in mass communication and M.Phill in political science and attended many College Journalism Broadcast programs where I wrote and won. I previously had attended Humber College for media studies which included writing for television and news. I have written several publications for many news related websites. Have experience more than 7 years, yeah quite a lot for you. I love writing, an expert in article writing. Currently doing article writing for many blog posts and work as an author for many web sites. Reading is my hobby, love books more than anything in my life.

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