'Snake Salvation' Pastor Jamie Coots Killed by Venomous Bite

Image: 'Snake Salvation' Pastor Jamie Coots Killed by Venomous Bite

Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 09:09 AM

By Clyde Hughes

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Jamie Coots, a snake-handling preacher and star of the National Geographic reality show "Snake Salvation," refused medical treatment before dying from a snake bite from a rattlesnake during a church service.

Coots received national attention from "Snake Salvation," which aired on the National Geographic Channel last fall, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. He was pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, a small church in Middlesboro, Ky. 

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Coots was a third-generation snake handler and was well-known among the small, close-knit congregation of snake-handling Pentecostal churches in Appalachia. "Snake Salvation," which has not been renewed for a second season, featured Coots and other snake-handling preachers.

The show's website states that pastors believe "in a bible passage that suggests a poisonous snakebite will not harm them as long as they are anointed by God's power. If they don't practice the ritual of snake handling, they believe they are destined for hell." The website made no mention of Coots' death as of Wednesday.

TMZ reported emergency personnel were contacted after Coots was bitten Saturday. They went to the church to help him but found that the preacher had left for home. Once crews reached Coots at his home, family members turned them away. 

Cody Coots, the preacher's son, told the Herald-Leader that they knew his father, who had lost consciousness, would have strongly objected to being taken to the hospital.

"He always said, 'Don't take me to the doctor' if he was bitten," Cody Coots said. "It was totally against his religion."

Coots' wife, Linda, did sign a form declining treatment for her husband, with Cody Coots and a police officer as witnesses.

"It was the quickest snakebite I ever seen in my life," Cody Coots told the Herald-Leader. "He said, 'My face feels like it's on fire.'"

Coots' death appears to be the first from a snake bite during a Kentucky church service since November 2006, when a woman died while attending a Laurel County service.

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved