‘Tiger King’ star Jeff Johnson dead in apparent suicide

‘Tiger King’ star Jeff Johnson dead in apparent suicide

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‘Tiger King’ star Jeff Johnson dead in apparent suicide

Jeffery Lynn Johnson, who appeared on Netflix’s hit docuseries, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” has died at 58.

Johnson died in an apparent suicide during an argument with his wife, Charity, the Oklahoma City Police Department told CNN.

The reptile dealer was interviewed in the fourth episode of the Netflix show.

The police report indicated that officers were called to Johnson’s home after 10 p.m. on Sept. 8 for attempted suicide, CNN reported.

Charity told authorities that her husband killed himself in front of her during their argument in the garage. Their children, ages 4 and 5, were in the house during the time of the incident, per CNN.

Johnson was taken to the hospital shortly after he was found to have a pulse at the scene, according to the police report, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital. The report also indicated that Johnson had “no mental health history.”

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“Tiger King” star Joe Exotic’s attorney confirmed that he spoke to Charity following the tragedy.

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Johnson’s death comes after fellow “Tiger King” star and zookeeper Erik Cowie’s passing. Cowie was found dead on Sept. 3 in New York City and the medical examiner determined that his cause of death was “acute and chronic alcohol use” in a manner that was “natural.”

The second season of the widely popular series dropped on Netflix on Nov. 17. Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is currently serving prison time for paying a hitman to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin.

The former zookeeper, 58, exclusively conversed with The Post via a written letter he sent from jail, claiming that the show’s second season proves him to be “innocent.” He also claimed that former president Donald Trump was “a fool” to not pardon him and that President Joe Biden should grant him clemency.

“President Trump was a fool not to pardon me,” Exotic wrote. “Before the election, millions of people were hoping for it as they know I’m innocent, most of this is in TK2 [‘Tiger King 2’] and it will be the same for President Biden, the world will know the truth [when the new season is released] and him and VP [Kamala] Harris ran on justice and prison reform.”

“It would be in the interest of American Justice for President Biden to pardon me before the holidays and charge those with perjury and other suitable charges, or the injustice is really going to cost votes in 2022 as the people wonder if this could happen to them under his watch,” he added.

The reality star continued, “For 3 years they ‘the Government’ has kept me in isolation, blocked numbers and reporters from my phone, rejected any email that tells the truth to my attorneys, kept me from talking to the press and monitored every legal call I’ve had.”

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