Carole Baskin's missing hubby's will a forgery: Cops

Don Lewis vanished in 1997. Carole Baskin inherited a fortune. HANDOUT / HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF

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Police have confirmed reports that the will of Tiger King star Carole Baskin’s missing millionaire hubby is bogus.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister told WTSP that the will of Don Lewis — who vanished without a trace in 1997 — is, in fact, a forgery.

“They had two experts deem it 100% a forgery. But, we knew that … we knew that before,” Chronister said.

The Sunshine State sheriff has previously said that detectives believe Lewis was murdered.

Netflix docu-series Tiger King documented the fur flying between Big Cat Rescue founder Baskin and her nemesis, the mullet-sporting country music-singing Joe Exotic.

She was determined to shutter his Oklahoma roadside zoo, which she finally won control of this week.

For his part, Exotic made country music videos about Baskin murdering her husband and feeding him to her tigers. He was eventually jailed for 22 years in a botched murder-for-hire plot against her.

Carole Baskin and her current husband Howard “I would do anything for that woman” Baskin.

But in the show’s wake, questions were raised about what happened to Lewis and appeared to point the finger squarely at Baskin. The hashtag #carolekilledherhusband trended on Twitter.

Baskin was the sole beneficiary of the will.

Lewis’ longtime friend Joseph Fritz told Fox News in May that the signature on the will was traced from the couple’s 1991 marriage licence. Two separate handwriting experts confirmed the signature was a forgery.

Unfortunately, the statute of limitations on the forgery had run out. Baskin has denied having anything to do with her husband’s disappearance. He was declared dead in 2002.

“Don was not easy to live with and like most couples, we had our moments. But I never threatened him and I certainly had nothing to do with his disappearance,” Baskin said in a May press release from her organization.

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