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Snake-handling US pastor dies from snake bite

By Sapa-AP | Feb 17, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 54 ]

A snake-handling Kentucky pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show "Snake Salvation" has died after being bitten by a snake.

According to a news release from the Middlesboro Police Department, someone called first responders at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday regarding a snake-bite victim at a church.

When the ambulance arrived, they were told that Jamie Coots had gone home. Contacted at his house, Coots refused medical treatment. Emergency workers left around 9:00 p.m. When they returned about an hour later, Coots was dead.

Coots was caught in January 2013 transporting three rattlesnakes and two copperheads through Knoxville, Tennessee, for his church. Tennessee wildlife officials confiscated the snakes, and Coots pleaded guilty to illegally wildlife possession. He was given one year of unsupervised probation.


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amusing story this..

Feb 17, 2014 8:13 | 0 replies


Banna noga e tla dula e le noga! Finish & klaar!

Feb 17, 2014 8:15 | 0 replies


serves him right, wild animal will remain just that a wild animal.

Feb 17, 2014 8:35 | 0 replies


he finally received his salvation, let him rot in hell, Pastor Chris, Mboro, Josua, Lekganyane, and many more cult practitioners will follow him soon..! with their sprays, oil and snakes!

Feb 17, 2014 8:41 | 8 replies


always judgemental

Feb 17, 2014 9:34 | 0 replies


Lekganyane does not have any of those things you mentioned there, stop talking nonsense

Feb 17, 2014 9:58 | 0 replies


You left out Lesego who made his congregation to eat grass. And what sprays are you talking about?

Feb 17, 2014 9:58 | 0 replies


lekganyane has dragons

Feb 17, 2014 10:0 | 0 replies


@gwatch wat wat, dragons, you are talking rubbish, have you seen them >?

Feb 17, 2014 10:2 | 0 replies


As for Lekganyane and Mbhoro you are right. Devil Worshippors. But be careful of these other anointed servants of God. For the bible says "Touch not mine anointed and do my prophets no harm"

Feb 17, 2014 10:7 | 0 replies


Which dragons are we talking about here, the ones capable of spiting fire?? and Lekganyane owns them? ja black people and their beliefs, Nc nc nc we still have a long way to go, blame it on apartheid,

Feb 17, 2014 11:12 | 0 replies


Maduvula you are jealousy of successful pastors.

Feb 17, 2014 11:13 | 0 replies


This is not the first incident of this kind. Previously pastors also died. They use this trick to prove their faith and extract moolah from their congregants pockets but somethimes it backfires.

Feb 17, 2014 8:45 | 0 replies


Bible hothwe "Otla e kgoba hlooho mme yona eo lome serethe" Snakes nd humans being will always be ENEMIES, pls ppl stop believing that you r greater than Nature!

Feb 17, 2014 8:53 | 0 replies


What a fool!!

Feb 17, 2014 9:2 | 0 replies


This is sooooo funny. It wern't too long ago that a similar report circulated - idiots never learn. But p'haps we can encourage our beloved leadership to indulge themselves in similar practices - with, hopefully, similar consequences...

Feb 17, 2014 9:8 | 0 replies


When will these white people learn never to mess up with deadly animals. First it was that Australian sgora named Steve Irwin who was kiiled by a this mfundisi we nyoka. You will NEVER find a black person playing with animals..unless he/she is an umthakathi. (a witch)

Feb 17, 2014 9:24 | 7 replies


You are a dumb uneducated idiot. Where in the hell did they say the pastor is white? Ignorance is a bliss....

Feb 17, 2014 9:42 | 0 replies


@skulskuls, try google, it will show you a picture and then you can see the Pastor Coots is a white American man...

Feb 17, 2014 10:1 | 0 replies


Not our fault you darkiies are all chickenshits when it comes to animals :)

Feb 17, 2014 10:5 | 0 replies


What absolute crap!! Racist knuckle.

Feb 17, 2014 10:15 | 0 replies


Hey, uyabhala uthuvi, my brother. Olekganyane, no shembe nabanya abaqambi bamanga (all priests) BONKE bayathakatha, bayizigelekeqe futhi bangabadlwenguli.

Feb 17, 2014 11:45 | 0 replies


I posted pictures where I am handling a python on my Facebook page not so long ago. The trick is to understand how each animal behaves and what makes them dangerous, a baby python is virtually harmless because it is not vernoumours and its constriction potential and the danger it poses by extension is determined largely by size. Not all animals behave the same even if it is snakes we are talking about; mambas, cobras, adders etc you need to keep your distance unless you know what you are doing but I still wouldn't mess with a mamba.

Feb 17, 2014 12:29 | 0 replies


I love snakes, I grew up on a farm, I encountreed a lot, some in the house, thats where I learned the diference between snakes, poisenous and non-poisenous, constrictors, dangerous or agressive etc,....., most snakes can be handled as pets, stay away from Black mamba and cape or mozambican cobras( if you cant tell difference, stay away from any cobra).............most constrictors ( boa, python etc) are very good pets....

Feb 17, 2014 12:45 | 0 replies


HEEEEEEEEEY Sowetan DOF editorial lazy bustrids. Why are you showing a back mamba when teh story concerns rattlesnakes. Have you run out of google. LOL

Feb 17, 2014 9:44 | 2 replies


do u think they know the difference? so do u still put the bed on bricks in fear of the tokoloshe?

Feb 17, 2014 11:0 | 0 replies


Dekok Not for myself. But all my overseas guests have their beds on bricks. Makes a great story.

Feb 17, 2014 11:6 | 0 replies


Well! The gods had enough of his sh!t!

Feb 17, 2014 9:52 | 0 replies