Jamie Coots, one of the stars of National Geographic‘s reality show Snake Salvation, died Saturday of a venomous snake bite. According to reports he refused medical attention after being bitten in his Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro, Kentucky and died shortly thereafter in his home. The show debuted last Fall centered on two Pentecostal preachers who handle deadly snakes as part of a century-old Appalachian practice originating from a Bible passage that suggests those anointed by God will not be harmed by a poisonous snake bite.
Well, I've been waiting to use this one (and I didn't have to wait long) ... "In the biggest plot twist since the Grizzly Man got eaten ... "
I saw that one on the Jon Stewart show the other night when he was describing how the rebels in Syria became violent.
Coots had previously been bitten nine times and lost a finger to a rattlesnake bite. The pair have come under fire from authorities for hunting and collecting deadly snakes for their church services. Last year Coots pled guilty to illegally possessing and transporting three rattlesnakes and two copperheads in Tennessee after the state seized them in a traffic stop as he was driving them from Alabama to Kentucky. More here:
Imagine the odds on that ... there you are ... driving home with some poisonous SCHNAKES when the blue lights go on behind you. Now that there is a mystery. Perhaps the NSA had clued the cops in on his whereabouts and shananagins. Nah, prolly just a coinkydink, right? No reason to get paranoid.