Tiger King star Erik Cowies cause of death announced after found dead at 53

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness star Erik Cowie was found dead at the age of 53.

The zookeeper was found dead in September in a friends bedroom in New York City, TMZ reported.

It was claimed there was "nothing suspicious about the death" of the Netflix reality star and "no drugs were found on the scene."

It has now been revealed by the NYC Chief Medical Examiner that Erik's actual cause of death is acute and chronic alcohol use.

The medical examiner also added that they are classifying the death of the 53-year-old as natural.

Under Joe Exotic's management Erik was head zookeeper for five years at the G.W. Exotic Animal Memorial Park.

Erik found fame on the Netflix series after taking part in multiple interviews and sharing his experiences of working at the controversial zoo.

The zookeeper often made clear while being interviewed by directors that the animals were always the main focus.

In the show, Erik was seen testifying at Exotic's trial where he alleged older tigers were shot and killed at the zoo.

Exotic is currently serving a 22-year jail sentence in Fort Worth, Texas.

Erik starred in the reunion episode, Tiger King And I where he made clear that he is not a fan of Exotics and was pleased that he is in jail.

When asked if he thinks Exotic should be released, Erik replied: "No. Not no, but f*** no.

“Twenty-two years doing federal time, that guy’s gonna die in there. Good riddance.

“I am pretty sure they don’t have Netflix in there so he won’t get to see it,” he said with a laugh.

Erik also claimed he felt guilty about killing the animals for no reason and he regrets working with the eccentric tiger trader.

He added: “It’s in the back of my head and I think about it a lot – a lot of times when we put cats down, they used me because just my appearance or my voice meant I could get a cat up the side of the cage where we can dart it and tranquilise it.

“Those cats trusted me up until the end. Sometimes, I swear they’re like ‘Dude you let me down’”

Exotic is serving time for multiple animal abuse charges including nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act.

He was also charged for attempting to hire a hitman to kill the owner of Big Cat Rescue, Carole Baskin.

Exotic spoke to the Daily Mail about Erik and said he had been looking to be treated for chronic alcohol abuse after the last time the pair spoke Erik had been fired for being drunk.

He said: "So am I shocked he is gone? No, not a bit. I put him through rehab in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and still [gave] him a home and a job.

"The next time I saw him was at my trial when he was [sitting] up there lying his a** off because he needed to kiss Jeff’s a** to stay at my zoo and to be the big cat hero on Netflix."

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