Joe Exotic’s husband accidentally killed himself…

Since we’re the world’s leading authority on Joe Exotic news and updates, I’ve received a bunch of emails and social media comments asking when we’re going to write about Joe Exotic’s husband. Well, here we go…

As I’m sure you heard by now, Travis Maldonado – a husband of Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate Joe Exotic – died of an accidental gunshot wound to the head over the weekend.

Here’s a picture of Travis, Joe and their other husband from a Facebook “Wedding Day” album:

The death is bizarre and tragic. According to The Tulsa World, witnesses claim Travis “held a gun to his own head” and then “told others it would not fire” because it was missing the magazine. He then pulled the trigger and, well, we don’t really need Paul Harvey to tell the rest of the story.

Joe is handling the news as you would expect. He’s turned the ordeal into a well-documented event, making numerous media appearances and posting continuous social media updates. He’s even found a way to feud with authorities!

Here’s a heartbreaking video that Joe posted before Travis’ funeral:

And here’s a song that Joe performed for Travis during a recent memorial service:

Well done, Joe.

Anyway, I guess that’s all I really have to say about this sad news. There’s a time and place for jokes, and this isn’t it. Our sincerest condolences go out to Joe Exotic, the friends and family of Travis Maladonado, and all the animals at Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park. May Travis rest in peace.

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15 Responses


  1. No matter if you are a fan or not, it is very sad. They seemed very happy together. RIP.


  2. This will end up on The Darwin Award site


    1. I own a few handguns, and all the instruction manuals that came with them say something like: “Warning: this pistol will fire even without a magazine inserted”!
      Don’t know what the guy was thinking…too late for him, but hopefully this tragic incident will resonate for everyone else even considering such a foolhardy action. Sorry, but it was…


    2. Nope, accidental suicide is too common, fails to meet the excellence standard. Now if he was holding an armed land mine up to his head and triggered it, that would be Darwin-worthy.


      1. I should add, accidental *firearm-related* suicide. America’s lax attitude towards guns makes it way, way too common.


        1. Sorry, don’t buy it. Yes, guns are most commonly used, but if a person really wants to “off” themselves, they will find a way to do it, guns or not. Let’s blame mental issues, stress, finances, etc. But let’s stop blaming inanimate objects.


          1. Except most other ways of suicide take more planning, hurts more, or other wise are more difficult to pull off, ultimately less successful. So there’s that.


          2. True. As a veteran I have thought of multiple plans. I don’t own a gun for this very reason. It would be to easy for me to action the plan. Condolences for Joe.


        2. I agree. If everybody didn’t think they needed 11 handguns and 6 rifles, there wouldn’t be guns EVERYWHERE for an option when, say, you’ve drank too much and miss your old girlfriend so you want to commit suicide. Granted, this guy had an accident, but your point is valid.


          1. Yup. The Onion pretty much nailed it with “‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens”


  3. Let’s all give a nice visit to the Garvin County Facebook page and let them know how we feel about their homophobic sheriff refusing to provide a police escort for the funeral. Their 4.5 rating is down to a 4 already, but apparently there is a large brigade of boot lickers artificially inflating their rating.

    https://www.facebook.com/Garvin-County-Sheriffs-Office-199039436917039/


  4. I don’t object to anyone’s relationships. Gay, straight, polygamous, polyandrous, polyamorous, whatever. It’s none of my business when they’re all consenting adults.

    Of course I’ve heard of polygamous relationships among Mormon-ish folks, but this is the first case I’ve heard about with three men in a relationship that they call marriage. Not that it matters, but doesn’t the law still define “marriage” as the legal union of TWO persons of whatever gender?

    My sincere condolences to Joe and the other guy on the loss of their mate.

    And yes, Garvin County sucks for denying the survivors a police escort for the funeral.


  5. Thank you, Lost Ogle, for keeping it classy! Xoxo


  6. Thanks for taking the high road!!!
    class in the press. Who would have thought it would happen!!!


  7. Except most other ways of suicide take more planning, hurts more, or other wise are more difficult to pull off, ultimately less successful. So there’s that.

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