Family of Don Lewis says Carole Baskin’s claim he’s “alive and well” is “simply not true”

Carole Baskin reacts after throwing the first pitch of the Single-A MiLB game between the Jupiter Hammerheads and Fort Myers Might Mussels
Carole Baskin reacts after throwing the first pitch of the Single-A MiLB game between the Jupiter Hammerheads and Fort Myers Might Mussels Photo credit Landon Bost/Naples Daily News/USA TODAY Network-Florida / USA TODAY NETWORK

One of the biggest mysteries from Tiger King was the status of Carole Baskin’s missing husband Don Lewis; he went missing in 1997, and was declared legally dead in 2002.

Last week, Baskin claimed that over a year ago, Lewis was found “alive and well” living in Costa Rica. However, the family of Lewis has responded to those claims, and they aren’t buying what Baskin is selling.

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In a statement provided to the New York Post, Lewis’ daughters, Donna Pettis, Lynda Sanchez, and Gale Rathbone, say Baskin’s claim is “simply not true.”

Further, Lewis family spokesperson Jack Smith said Baskin’s claim” reeks of desperation and is a blatant bid to deflect speculation that she may know crucial details about Don’s disappearance.”

He added, “I think she’s just trying to do anything she can to clear her name.”

Baskin and Lewis were married in 1991, though he disappeared in August 1997 and was declared legally dead in 2002.

Baskin, 61, has vehemently denied any involvement in her millionaire spouse’s disappearance, and has routinely denied the popular rumor that she put his body through a meat grinder and fed it to tigers at her animal rescue ranch in Tampa, Florida.

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