Snake-Handling Preacher Dies of Snakebite

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(CNN) — A Kentucky pastor who starred in a reality show about snake-handling in church has died of a snakebite.

Jamie Coots died Saturday evening after refusing to be treated, Middleborough police said. He was bit on the hand by a rattlesnake.

Coots appeared on the National Geographic reality show “Snake Salvation.” The ardent Pentecostal believer said that he believed that a passage in the Bible suggests poisonous snakebites will not harm believers as long as they are anointed by God.

Coots was a third-generation “serpent handler” and aspired to one day pass the practice and his church, Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, on to his adult son, Little Cody.

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  • AGT C

    Only weird churches use snakes.Most people know that venomous snake bites are often deadly.I have been to churches most of my life and have never saw any snake handling preacher’s.God wants us to live with the animals I do not think he would want us to go out and say hey lion wanna go to my church.

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