Tiger King star Erik Cowie, who rose to fame as a zookeeper on the hit Netflix series, was found dead while face down in a bed inside a Brooklyn apartment on Friday evening.
EMS pronounced Cowie dead at the scene but NYPD have not confirmed his identity.
According to police and the Medical Examiner has yet to determine the cause of death.
A law enforcement source told TMZ Cowie was in town visiting a friend at her apartment, where she found him dead.
Officers claimed they knew Cowie used alcohol excessively and allegedly found a large bottle of vodka at the scene.
It’s unclear why the 52-year-old TV veteran was in the Big Apple as he usually resides in Oklahoma.
Cowie was discovered around 5.30pm in a residence located on East 155th Street near Remsen Avenue in East Flatbush
No foul play was suspected and ‘no drugs were found on the scene’.
A report suggested the zookeeper’s death was most likely from ‘natural causes’ but an autopsy and toxicology test will still be performed.
In May 2021 Cowie was arrested for a DUI in Oklahoma after being involved in a car accident.
He worked at the zoo for more than five years and even stayed after Joe was incarcerated despite his rocky relationship with his boss.