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Snake-handling Ky. pastor dies from snakebite

Jamie Coots was bitten while holding a rattlesnake.

Jamie Coots was bitten while holding a rattlesnake.

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. — Jamie Coots, a snake-handling Kentucky pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show Snake Salvation, died Saturday after being bitten by a snake.

Coots was handling a rattlesnake during a Saturday night service at his Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church in Middlesboro when he was bitten, another preacher, Cody Winn, told WBIR-TV.

When an ambulance arrived at 8:30 p.m., workers were told Coots had gone home, police said.

Contacted at his house, Coots refused medical treatment. Emergency workers left about 9:10 p.m. When they returned an hour later, Coots was dead, police said.

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