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Tiger King star Joe Exotic has announced he's been diagnosed with prostate cancer and has begged for a pardon from the President of the United States, Joe Biden.
The 58 year old, who is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence, took to his Twitter feed to share the news with his 57,900 followers as he explained he's set to undergo further tests to determine what stage the cancer is in.
The Netflix star, whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, wrote: "John Phillips has received my medical records from FMC Fort Worth and my PSA count came back very high for prostate cancer.
"The prison has approved testing to verify what stage it is in.
"My body is tired, I have lost a tremendous amount of weight, the mouth sores are out of control, I throw up more than I eat."
He then asked for help to get President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to pardon him after former leader Donald Trump previously said he would "look at" the conviction.
"I don't want anyone's pity, what I need is when John Phillips gets the evidence he is working on, I need the world to help him get President Biden, VP Harris and the Attorney General to listen to the evidence and see that it’s not just city cops out of control with corruption, but his very own Department of Justice and make this right and sign that pardon that Trump left behind so I can go home and get proper medical care and proper food," Joe went on to explain.
He added: "Thank you for all the love and support from all over the world.
"I love you all. Wish me luck…#JusticeForJoeExotic #TigerKing #JoeExotic @JohnPhillips".
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Joe later returned to his social media account to reveal he's set up several appointments, where he will get a biopsy on a tumour below his ribs.
The star wrote: "I have an appointment on the 27th with the oncologist and June 1 with the urologist.
"Now they report a biopsy will also be scheduled on a tumor on my right side below my ribs.
"Also scheduling a colonoscopy and endoscopy to find everything."
Over the course of the seven-part Netflix docuseries, viewers found out that Joe had plotted to kill an animal-rights activist called Carole Baskin, who was persistent in trying to get Joe’s zoo shut down for his treatment of animals and for killing five tiger cubs.
Now, he's in prison after being convicted of two counts of murder-for-hire, eight violations of the Lacey Act and nine violations of the Endangered Species Act.
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