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Jamie Coots, snake-handling pastor, dies of snakebite

Serpent-handling pastor Jamie Coots has died after being bitten by a snake. Coots starred on National Geographic show Snake Salvation and was recently featured in a special report by the Times Free Press. Authorities say he was bit while handling the snake in his Middlesboro, Kentucky, church. Emergency workers urged Coots to get medical care, but he refused, and died an hour later at his home. The pastor’s 21-year-old son, Cody, has previously said he would likely lead the congregation - if his father died. Update: Coots may have died up to 3 hours after the bite.

Source: Chattanooga News

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