Tiger King’s Joe Exotic has revealed he has prostate cancer.
The former zoo owner took to Twitter to share his cancer diagnosis on Friday and again pleaded for President Joe Biden’s pardon following his illness.
Exotic, 58, was convicted of 17 federal animal abuse charges and two counts of attempted murder for pay in his plot to kill Nemesis and Big Cat Rescue owner Carole Baskin in 2019 – and sentenced to 22 years from prison.
Health concerns: Tiger King’s Joe Exotic revealed on Friday he had prostate cancer via Twitter and pleaded AGAIN for grace following diagnosis
In his social media article, Exotic wrote: “John Phillips [Joe’s lawyer] received my medical records from FMC Fort Worth and my PSA count came back very high for prostate cancer.
“The prison has approved tests to see what stage he is in. My body is tired, I have lost a lot of weight, the mouth sores are out of control, I vomit more than I eat. “
He added that he “didn’t want anyone’s pity” but rather wanted a pardon from “President Biden, Vice President Harris and the Attorney General”, and he accused the police and the Justice Department of corruption.
Diagnosis: In their social media post, Exotic wrote, “My PSA count came back very high for prostate cancer. The prison has approved tests to check what stage he is at ‘
Advocacy: Exotic added that he did not “want anybody’s pity”, but rather wanted a pardon from “President Biden, Vice President Harris and the Attorney General”
Exotic continued: ‘MAccept this right and sign this forgiveness that Trump left so that I could return home and receive proper medical care and proper food.
“Thank you for all the love and support from around the world. I love you all. Wish me luck… # JusticeForJoeExotic #TigerKing #JoeExotic @JohnPhillips. ‘
The Kansas native sought pardon from President Donald Trump for a term in September, sending him a handwritten letter, then suing the Justice Department in December as a last resort – but it failed.
He recently hired a new legal team as they plan to use unreleased footage of Tiger King to lobby for a new trial.
Imprisoned: Exotic was convicted of 17 federal animal abuse charges and two counts of attempted murder for pay in his plot to kill Nemesis and Big Cat Rescue owner Carole Baskin in 2019 – and sentenced to 22 years in prison
Phillips & Hunt attorney John Phillips, who previously represented the family of Baskin’s missing husband Don Lewis, made the announcement in a video on Joe’s Twitter.
He said, “We are honored to announce that Joe has retained our company. We will seek a new trial and justice in the criminal and civil courts.
Joe also promised some juicy secrets in Tiger King: The Official Tell-All Memoir, which is due out in November.
He told E! Book News: “This will be a book that tells the truth … Anyone who’s ever done something right, it’s gonna be in there and everyone who’s got bones in your closet, you better be careful.” “
Her nemesis: Carole Baskin is pictured with her husband Howard at Big Cat Rescue
In April, exotic clet loose, he was “kidnapped for a political agenda” in an enraged audio recording as he continues to push for a presidential pardon.
In an audio recording for the Social Media Superstar Awards and obtained by The Sun, the former zoo owner said his conviction cast “a dark cloud over our entire American justice system” and said he had “compassion for zoo animals and humanity ”.
He said: “What was done to me puts a black cloud over our entire justice system in America and our leaders in this great country should be ashamed that our own Department of Justice could participate in my kidnapping for a. political agenda that never ends. big cats in America.
“The real guy who has compassion and love for zoo animals, for the homeless and for the sick, but most of all for humanity as a whole.
“I intend to use my new platform to speak out for justice and prison reform and to speak on behalf of the thousands of men and women in this country who have been wrongly convicted or sentenced. over-convicted in this country for no other reason than for profit. ”
Exotic said his conviction was a “conspiracy” and “obstruction of justice” – as he continued to push for a presidential pardon, this time from President Biden.
He continued, “To all the people on the streets of America who are trying to end racism; slavery is alive and well in America, folks. He is camouflaged by the prison walls.
“Please ask President Biden to make history and sign every forgiveness on his desk and every compassionate release at the start of his term, not at the end.” “
Presidential Pardon: The Kansas native sought pardon from President Donald Trump for a term in September, sending him a handwritten letter, which then sued the Justice Department in December as part of a last-minute effort (pictured August 2013)
WHAT IS PROSTATE CANCER?
How many people does he kill?
More than 11,800 men a year – or one every 45 minutes – are killed by the disease in Britain, compared with around 11,400 women who die from breast cancer.
This means that prostate cancer is only behind the lungs and intestines in terms of the number of people it kills in Britain.
In the United States, the disease kills 26,000 men each year.
Despite this, it receives less than half of breast cancer research funding, and treatments for the disease are at least a decade behind schedule.
How fast is it growing?
Prostate cancer usually grows slowly, according to the NHS, so there may be no signs that someone has had it for many years.
If the cancer is at an early stage and is not causing symptoms, a policy of “watchful waiting” or “active surveillance” may be adopted.
Some patients can be cured if the disease is treated at an early stage.
But if it’s diagnosed at a later stage, when it has spread, it becomes terminal and treatment revolves around symptom relief.
Thousands of men are discouraged from seeking a diagnosis because of the known side effects of treatment, including erectile dysfunction.
Tests and treatment
Prostate cancer screening tests are hit and miss, and specific tools are only just beginning to appear.
There is no national prostate screening program because for years the tests are too imprecise.
Doctors find it difficult to distinguish between aggressive and less severe tumors, which makes it difficult to choose treatment.
Men over 50 are eligible for a “PSA” blood test which gives doctors a rough idea of whether or not a patient is at risk.
But it is not reliable. Patients who test positive usually receive a biopsy which is also not foolproof.
Scientists aren’t sure what causes prostate cancer, but age, obesity, and lack of exercise are known risks.
Anyone with concerns can speak to Prostate Cancer UK specialist nurses on 0800 074 8383 or visit prostatecanceruk.org