- Tiger King’s Jeff Lowe had a stroke and spent three days in the hospital, TMZ reported.
- His wife, Lauren, said his drink might have been spiked while the couple was on a date last week.
- Blood and urine tests reportedly came back negative for common drugs.
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Jeff Lowe, who appeared in a successful Netflix documentary “Tiger King,” had a stroke at a casino last week.
Lowe and his wife were staying at WinStar World Casino when he suffered the health scare.
Lauren Lowe told TMZ that she found Jeff unresponsive and not breathing around 3 a.m. on March 18. Emergency medical technicians who arrived at the scene determined that Lowe was undergoing a stroke and decided to airlift him to a hospital in Denton, Texas.
“I thought he was dying in my arms,” Lauren told the outlet.
Lowe spent three days in the hospital but has since been discharged and is recovering at home. He’s still having difficulty with his coordination and speech.
Lauren said doctors ran a series of tests but have not figured out what caused the stroke.
The couple told TMZ that they believed someone might have spiked Lowe’s drink the night before, but blood and urine tests have come back negative for common drugs.
Before Lowe was found unresponsive, they said an unknown individual approached them during dinner, “claiming he knew them and even knew their favorite drink orders.”
The individual was allegedly part of a crowd of “Tiger King” fans who stopped to see Lowe and Lauren.
On TMZ Live, Lauren said she had a sip of Lowe’s drink and started feeling strange. Lowe reportedly fell asleep on the ride home and was still “out of sorts” when they arrived.
At one point, Lowe turned “green and blue,” and his heart stopped.
After Joe Exotic was sentenced to 22 years in prison, Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma was signed over to Lowe. It was later handed over to Carole Baskin, an animal activist and rival of Exotic whom he was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in a plot for her murder.
The USDA suspended Lowe’s license to exhibit animals to the public in August 2020. In November, the Justice Department filed a complaint against Lowe for allegedly violating the Endangered Species Act and the Animal Welfare Act.