‘Snake Salvation’ Pastor Dies From Snakebite

Source: y Gillian Mohney ABC News

A Kentucky preacher famous for handling snakes during religious services, has died after being bitten by a poisonous snake at his church.

Jamie Coots was bitten at his church in Middlesboro, Ky., and died after Coots refused to go to the hospital for further treatment, according to police.

The Middlesboro Police said they believed Coots was 42 years old.

Coots was the star of National Geographic’s “Snake Salvation” reality series, which followed the 42-year-old as he worked to preserve his way of religious way of life at his church, the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name.

Coots told ABC News during an earlier interview for “Nightline” that he and his followers believe that God calls upon them to handle venomous serpents and to drink other poisons. If bitten, Coots and his parishioners refuse medical treatment because they believe that their fate is in God’s hands.

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