Tiger King star Jeff Lowe, 53, is on the mend after he suffered a stroke while visiting a casino in Oklahoma on March 18.
Lowe’s wife Lauren says he wasn’t breathing when she found him in their room at the WinStar World Casino around 3 a.m., according to TMZ.
Although she dialed 911 for help, she claimed: ‘I thought he was dying in my arms.’
Health scare: Tiger King star Jeff Lowe is recovering after suffering a stroke on March 18 at the WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma, TMZ reported on Friday
According to Lauren, EMTs on the scene determined that Jeff had suffered a stroke and airlifted him to a hospital in Denton, Texas.
Ultimately, it sounds as if their speedy work was able to limit the most debilitating effects of the stroke to leave him in a strong position to recover.
He’s now back at home after a three-day hospital stint, but he’s having difficulty with his speech and motor functions.
His wife claims that doctors haven’t yet been able to determine the cause of his stroke despite running extensive tests.
Scary: Lowe allegedly wasn’t breathing when his wife found him in their hotel room late at night, and EMTs determined he’d had a stroke
The lack of certainty has led to her to think that Jeff may have been the victim of foul play.
She says the couple had gone out for a dinner date at the casino the evening of March 17, just hours before his stroke.
A man that neither of them knew allegedly approached them and claimed to not only know them, but also to know their usual drink orders.
Although Lauren said he was a total stranger to them, the main stayed near them as a crowd of Tiger King fans gathered to take selfies with them.
Creepy: Lauren now thinks a strange man who came up to their table that night may have drugged Jeff. He claimed to know them and and their drinks of choice, though he was a stranger
She says the couple now believe that the mystery man may have spiked Jeff’s drink while they were occupied with the fans.
However, the blood and urine tests have all come back negative for common drugs.
Jeff and Laura spoke to TMZ again later on Friday morning to detail their ordeal and expand on their drugging theory.
Laura claimed that she sipped some of Jeff’s drink during the evening and didn’t feel well afterward.
Suspicions: Jeff reportedly ‘crashed’ on the ride back to their hotel, and Lauren said she felt ill after sipping his drink
She also said that Jeff was out of it during their ride back to their hotel room.
He was reportedly ‘acting out of sorts’ once they were up in the room, and when she returned after briefly leaving she found him turning colors after his heart had stopped, leaving her fearful that he was dead.
Jeff wasn’t able to remember the stroke, but he did add that ‘it’s just odd’ in reference to the strange man who came to their table.
Jeff is best known for his appearance in Netflix’s hit true-crime docuseries Tiger King, which made the jailed zookeeper Joe Exotic into a sensation.
No answers yet: So far, tests of his blood and urine haven’t revealed any common drugs or a cause for the stroke; still from Tiger King
Claim to fame: Jeff is best known for his appearance in Netflix’s hit true-crime docuseries Tiger King, which made the jailed zookeeper Joe Exotic into a sensation; still from Tiger King
He made a name for himself as a tiger breeder and the owner of the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, which featured a large assortment of big cats.
His career came crashing down in 2019, when he was charged with 17 federal counts of animal abuse and two counts of attempted murder.
He was convicted and is currently serving a 22-year sentence in federal prison.
Lowe was featured in the documentary when Joe was forced to turn over his zoo to him.
Locked away: His career came crashing down in 2019, when he was charged with 17 federal counts of animal abuse and two counts of attempted murder. He was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in prison; still from Tiger King