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Feb 17, 2014 10:38 AM by AP(Photo: The Tennessean/Shelley Mays)

Snake-handling Ky. pastor dies from snake bite

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) - A snake-handling pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show "Snake Salvation" has died after being bitten by a snake at a weekend church service in Kentucky.

Jamie Coots was handling a rattlesnake at his Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church in Middlesboro when he was bitten on the hand Saturday night, another preacher, Cody Winn, told WBIR-TV.

Police said an ambulance arrived at the church Saturday evening but emergency workers were told Coots had gone home. Authorities said Coots initially refused medical treatment and when emergency workers return later that night, the pastor was dead from a venomous snake bite.

The pastor's son, Cody Coots, told the television station his dad had been bit eight times before, but never had had such a severe reaction.

(WBIR) Jamie Coots, pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church of Middlesboro, Ky, stands on a bench before the church singing and holding a rattlesnake during service at Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn on May 6, 2012. (Photo: The Tennessean/Shelley Mays)

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