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'Snake Salvation' star dies, donation site started

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Over the weekend, “Snake Salvation” pastor Jamie Coots passed away after being bitten by a timber rattlesnake. On Feb. 17, an obituary for the pastor was released as well as some new details regarding his death.

During a church service on Feb. 15, Jamie Coots was holding three snakes when one bit him. This was not the first time the pastor had suffered a snake bite. In fact, he had survived several in the past, losing only a finger. There was no reason anyone expected this time to be any different, but it was tragically different.

Cody Coots, son of Jamie Coots, spoke and said, “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 refusing medical attention, Jamie Coots passed away. Unfortunately, he did not have any insurance and donations are being taken. Information regarding donations can be found on the “Snake Salvation” Facebook page or on a support page that has been set up in memory of Jamie Coots. A page has also been set up on a gofundme.com to collect donations.

A service for Jamie Coots will be held in Kentucky, but the family has asked that the services remain private.

Although some people have taken this opportunity to mock “Snake Salvation” and the faith of those who practice, this is not the time to be doing that. Whether or not you agree with Jamie Coots and the way they choose to worship isn’t important. It is apparent that Jamie Coots was dedicated to his faith and that is inspiring.

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