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NatGeo’s ‘Snake Salvation’ star Jamie Coots dies from snake bite

National Geographic Channel’s “Snake Salvation” star Jamie Coots died on Saturday, Feb. 15 after being bitten by a venom-filled rattlesnake while he led a service at the Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church in Middlesboro, KY.

Jamie Coots dies after being bitten by venomous rattlesnake.
Courtsey of National Geographic Channel

Fellow Pentecostal preacher Cody Winn described what happened to Jamie Coots to WBIR. Winn said, “He had one of the rattlers in his hand, he came over and he was standing beside me.”

“It was plain view, it just turned its head and bit him on the back of the hand within a second.” Winn described how after being bitten Coots dropped the snake and kept going with his service. After the service, he ran to the bathroom.

According to Middlesboro Police Chief Jeff Sharpe, an ambulance was dispatched to the church at 8:30 p.m. and Coots was not there. Authorities contacted him at home and he declined medical treatment. Coots died shortly after 10:00 p.m.

Coots son, Cody revealed that prior to Saturday’s fatal snake bite his father had been bitten eight times so he didn’t think the bite was life-threatening. Cody added, “We’re going to go home, he’s going to lay on the couch. He’s going to hurt, he’s going to pray for a while and he’s going to get better.”

“That’s what happened every other time, except this time was just so quick and it was crazy. It was really crazy.”

After Coots death, National Geographic issues a statement saying, “We were honored to be allowed such unique access to pastor Jamie and his congregation during the course of our show, and give context to his method of worship.”

“Those risks were always worth it to him and his congregants as a means to demonstrate their unwavering faith.”

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