TIGER King’s Jeff Johnson was reported to have killed himself after he argued with his wife while their two children were in an adjoining room.
Johnson previously appeared in the fourth episode of Tiger King that became a top-watched documentary series in 2020.
Who is Tiger King’s Jeff Johnson?
Jeff Johnson appeared in only one episode of the Tiger King show to provide background on the feud between Carole Baskin and Joseph Maldonado-Passage, otherwise known as Joe Exotic.
A former reptile dealer, Johnson allegedly had a feud with Joe Exotic as well after the Tiger King became affiliated with Jeff Lowe.
He campaigned online to claim both Joe Exotic and Lowe were frauds. Johnson’s home was burned down shortly after, but there wasn’t a reported connection.
How did Jeff Johnson die?
Johnson became the second person to commit suicide out of those who starred in the Tiger King documentary.
The Tiger King’s third husband, Travis Maldonado, committed accidental suicide while filming the documentary. He knew the gun was loaded, but since there wasn’t a magazine in the gun, he was sure the gun wouldn’t fire.
The 23-year-old died before first responders were able to arrive.
TMZ reported Johnson’s death on November 22 after he and his wife had an argument in their garage on September 8, 2021.
His wife said that mid-argument, Johnson grabbed a Glock-style handgun and put it to his head before pulling the trigger.
Officers arrived on the scene and Johnson, who was reported to still have a pulse, was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
His wife reportedly told police Johnson did not suffer from mental illness and had never attempted suicide before.
Erik Cowie who also starred on Tiger King passed away on September 3, 2021. Police reported he died from chronic alcohol abuse about one year after the show aired.
Is there a season two of Tiger King?
Season two of Tiger King aired on Netflix on November 17, reportedly reuniting Jeff Lowe and Joe Exotic after their falling out.
All episodes are available to stream on the platform.
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