A PENTECOSTAL preacher who had his own reality television show handling deadly snakes in church has died after he was bitten.
Kentucky Pastor Jamie Coots died Saturday night (US time) after he was bitten by a snake, the Tennessean reported.
Coots starred on "Snake Salvation" alongside Pastor Andrew Hamblin, who was recently in court for citations for snake-handling.
The National Geographic show profiled the Pentecostal, serpent handling preachers.
Coots was found dead in his home at about 10 p.m. Saturday after a snake allegedly bit Coots while he was handling the animal in his Middlesboro church, Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name.
Sharpe said Coots went home before emergency workers got to the church.
Officials then went to his house and urged Coots to get medical care, but he refused. About an hour later they said he died.
Coots was among a handful of believers in Appalachia who practice the so-called signs of the gospel, found in Mark 16: "And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
Titles of 10 episodes of the reality series are listed at the National Geographic Channel's website, including "Casting out Demons," "Bitten in Church" and "Venom in the Vein."
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