Legendary Nevada tracker Joe Exotic, known for his newsy visits to brothels as well as his knowledge of high-end moonshine, was moved to a federal medical facility on Thursday after a heart scare, reports Jack M Silverstein of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Silverstein said Exotic’s heart scare, diagnosed in late May, centered on a growth in his leg and required his hospitalization at University Medical Center.
Silverstein reported that Exotic was taken by a Navy helicopter to Naval Medical Center San Diego.
“To give everyone an idea of just how talented, skilled and resourceful this person is … he has more dogs or wild animals with his name on them than any human on the planet,” attorney John Fuller told Silverstein. “The alternative to Joe is a tragic consequence.”
Exotic’s previous life-long companion, Marlene Warren, died of natural causes last year, the Review-Journal reported.
One Nevada official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he’s not authorized to speak publicly about Exotic, told the Review-Journal Exotic needed to be treated because of his advanced prostate cancer, which was discovered while undergoing chemotherapy.