Snake Salvation preacher dies from snake bite

Last updated 12:17 17/02/2014
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A clip from National Geographic Channel's Snake Salvation shows church goers worshipping snakes as part of their religious beliefs.

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SNAKE SALVATION: Jamie Coots in National Geographic television reality show Snake Salvation.

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A snake-handling Kentucky pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show Snake Salvation has died after being bitten by a snake.

According to a news release from the Middlesboro Police Department, someone called first responders about 8.30pm Saturday (local time) regarding a snake-bite victim at a church.

When the ambulance arrived, they were told that Jamie Coots had gone home. Contacted at his house, Coots refused medical treatment. Emergency workers left about 9pm. When they returned about an hour later, Coots was dead.

Coots was caught in January 2013 transporting three rattlesnakes and two copperheads through Knoxville, Tennessee, for his church. Tennessee wildlife officials confiscated the snakes, and Coots pleaded guilty to illegally wildlife possession. He was given one year of unsupervised probation.

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