Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is still in prison after he was convicted of trying to hire two different men to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin. Earlier this month, he shared his cancer diagnosis. An insider recently spoke with Metro.co.uk to give an update about his health condition.
Tiger King Star Joe Exotic Not Worried About Prospect Of Death
According to an insider, there are still more tests that need to be done. However, they have already removed some polyps, and Exotic is getting transfusions intermittently, but not quite on the right schedule, which was a cause of concern for the insider.
The insider added that being in prison is a tough place for someone with an illness. It's not a medical facility, and isolation is more challenging.
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"I have concern for his health, but miracles can happen; I’m always an optimist. Maybe Tiger King 2 will come out, the truth will be revealed, and something will happen to get him out. At least out on bail for a retrial," the source told the outlet.
The tipster added that Exotic is not afraid of death. He reportedly knew that all the people would be there for him.
"He has a very strong faith. He’s lost a lot of people in his life," the source said, adding, "He’s not afraid to die because he’s looking forward to seeing all these people."
Tiger King Star Joe Exotic Wants To Survive
Even if Joe Exotic is not afraid to die, it also doesn't mean he is already giving up. The businessman and convicted felon still wants to live and clear his name. In addition, he has a lot of things to do in mind.
"He’s a big supporter of Smile Train, a charity that helps children with cleft palates," the source continued. "He wants to go on a concert tour. He’s got loads of plans."
Carole Baskin's Reaction To Joe Exotic's Cancer Diagnosis
The Tiger King star updated his fans about his health on Twitter. "Doctors called me in today to break the news that my prostate biopsy came back with an aggressive cancer, Carole Will have her own party over this!" his account tweeted, referring to his fellow Tiger King alum Carole Baskin.
Baskin isn't convinced about Exotic's cancer diagnosis. She doubts if he is really sick.
"He’s the little boy who has cried wolf so long that I don’t think anyone should believe a word he says," she said of him recently.
Tiger King 2 will debut on Nov. 17.
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