Palm Beach zoo keeper’s cause of death released

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — Details behind the death of a Palm Beach zoo keeper have been released.

The Medical Examiner’s Office reported that 37-year-old Stacey Konwiser died from a neck injury after she was attacked by a Malayan tiger at the Palm Beach Zoo, Friday.

Konwiser was rushed to the hospital but couldn’t be saved after she was attacked.

A zoo spokesperson delivered a message from Konwiser’s husband, who’s also a zookeeper. "Everyone, please stand with the Palm Beach Zoo at this difficult time," said Naki Carter with the Palm Beach Zoo on behalf of Konwiser’s husband. "We spent the last three years working with an amazing team of people, and I know Stacey would want our zoo to be full of visitors and supporters."

The preliminary report, which was released Wednesday morning, however, did not indicate if she was actually bitten or injured in another way.

The zoo is working to honor Konwiser’s memory by establishing a memorial fund and renaming an upcoming 5K run in her name with proceeds benefiting the tigers.