Carole Baskin’s ‘dead’ husband was found alive – but unnoticed last year

“Hi all you adorable cats and kittens,” Carol Baskin’s husband isn’t dead after all.

The ex-husband of the “Tiger King” star, Don Luis, has been found alive in Costa Rica, but the discovery has now gone viral — more than a year later.

During a November 2021 interview with the ITV talk show This Morning, Baskin, 61, revealed that her ex-husband, who was declared legally dead in 2002 after disappearing a few years earlier, is in The reality is alive and well.

The owner of Big Cat Rescue has alleged that the Department of Homeland Security has been in contact with her ex.

“One of the really interesting things that came out of ‘Tiger King 2’ is that they provided a letter from the Department of Homeland Security that a special agent in charge of the FBI in the Department of Homeland Security had contacted Mayor’s investigator George Fernandez, which means this should have been It happens after 2002, because Homeland Security didn’t exist until 2002,” Baskin told the outlet at the time.

“Tiger King” star Carol Baskin says her ex-husband, whose death was announced in 2002, has actually been found alive.
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Don Lewis
Don Lewis
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Carole Baskin has appeared in a viral video on TikTok on a song she claims killed her missing husband, Don Lewis.
Carole Baskin has appeared in a viral TikTok video set to a song she claims killed her then-missing husband, Don Lewis.
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She continued, “And they said my husband, Don Luis, is alive and well in Costa Rica.”

Lewis has not made any public statements refuting the rumors that he has died.

And even though the news is over a year old, people are just starting to pay attention to it thanks to the now-viral social media posts.

“Was I the only one who didn’t know they found Carole Baskin’s husband living his best life in Costa Rica?!” someone wrote on Twitter.

Baskin revealed in an interview that her husband was found in Costa Rica after he was declared legally dead in 2002.
Baskin revealed in an interview that her husband was found in Costa Rica after he was declared legally dead in 2002.
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someone else wrote“Wait, I see people saying Carole Baskin’s husband has been found alive???”

During a Netflix docu-series that premiered at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Baskin revealed that her ex-husband had mysteriously disappeared in 1997. At the time of his disappearance, the two were married, and she claimed she had never been married. I heard from him again, according to CBS News.

She has been married since then, having married Howard Baskin in 2004.

Carole Baskin's ex-husband has been found alive, according to her.
Carole Baskin’s ex-husband has been found alive, according to her.
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After Baskin shared her story in the series that chronicled the trials and tribulations of imprisoned big cat guard Joseph Maldonado Passage, many people believed Baskin had something to do with the disappearance of her ex-lover. Some have even launched some outlandish conspiracy theories, including an unsubstantiated claim that she was involved in a murder-for-hire plot. Joe Exotic also claimed that she fed her ex-husband to tigers at Big Cat Rescue.

Baskin was so traumatized by it all that she joined a “secret” support group for celebrities who are going through similar things.

This undated file photo provided by the Santa Rose County Jail in Milton, Florida, shows Joseph Maldonado-Pasage, also known as Joe Exotic.  A federal judge in Oklahoma has determined that on January 28, 2022,
Joe Exotic is currently serving a 21-year prison sentence.
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Lewis’ family also believed Baskin was involved in his disappearance, even paying for a TV spot during her 2020 debut on “Dancing with the Stars,” asking the audience for answers and advice.

“Do you know who did this or if Carol Baskin was involved?” family attorney John Phillips said during the commercial.

However, Baskin has vehemently denied the allegations.

“I think their actions are just a publicity stunt, but if it helps us find Don, it will be a huge relief,” Big Cat Rescue’s owner said in an email to CNN after the ad aired.

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