‘Tiger King’ star Jeff Lowe airlifted to hospital after suffering stroke: ‘I thought he was dying in my arms’

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“Tiger King” star Jeff Lowe is recuperating after suffering a stroke inside an Oklahoma casino.

Lowe’s wife Lauren recounted the medical incident to TMZ and said her husband was not breathing when she discovered him on March 18th at WinStar World Casino, where they were staying at the time.

Lauren quickly called 911 and shared her desperation in the moment by telling the outlet, "I thought he was dying in my arms."

After EMT arrived, they determined Lowe had a stroke and airlifted him to a hospital in Denton, Texas.

Lowe wound up spending three days in the hospital and is currently at home recovering. Lauren said Lowe continues to have speech and coordination difficulties.

Lauren told TMZ  that despite running a battery of tests, doctors have not been able to discover the cause of the stroke. She believes someone may have slipped something in Lowe’s drink and recounted an incident where a “strange” fan lingered around them hours before her husband’s medical incident.

Despite her suspicions, the couple have not filed a report with the authorities, the outlet said.

Meanwhile, Lowe’s “Tiger King” co-star Joe Exotic recently launched a footwear collection from prison to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Netflix series.

The shoes are an extension of Joe’s “Revenge” collection from the brand Odaingerous. The shoes range from $219 to $252 and come in a not-so-subtle tiger print box.

Exotic, whose real name Joe Maldonado-Passagewas, is currently serving 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin; violating the Endangered Species Act for killing five tigers; and claiming he was donating tigers, lions and a lemur for exhibitions but actually selling them.

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