The cause of death of Erik Cowie, the zookeeper featured on the hit Netflix show “Tiger King” who suddenly died last month, has been revealed.
The Sun reports that Cowie, who worked for Joe Exotic, died from acute and chronic alcohol use.
The medical examiner confirmed that the cause of death was “acute and chronic alcohol use” in a manner that was “natural,” the outlet reports.
Earlier in September, Cowie was found dead at an apartment in Brooklyn, New York. Police shared that a 52-year-old man was found lying face down on a bed in an apartment at E. 55th Street and Remsen Avenue in East Flatbush around 5:30 p.m. Police confirmed that he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A source told the Daily News that Cowie, of Oklahoma, was the man who was discovered dead. TMZ also reported Cowie’s death and reported that a friend found him in the bedroom. It’s unclear whose apartment Cowie was located in or what he was doing in the city.
On the hit Netflix show, Cowie was described as the head keeper of the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, run by Joe Exotic, who is serving time after he was convicted of trying to hire two different men to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin.
Cowie reportedly continued to work at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park after Exotic’s arrest and also played a role in convicting Exotic.