‘Snake Salvation’ Pastor Jamie Coots Dies of Snake Bite: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Here’s an ironic, but very sad story … Pastor Jamie Coots, who has appeared on reality show Snake Salvation, has passed away from a deadly snake bite. Read on for the full story.

1. Coots Was Bitten During a Church Service

On Saturday night, the snake-handling pastor Jamie Coots was bitten during a service at Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church in Middlesboro, Kentucky, according to People. After Coots was bitten, he continued with the service until retiring to the bathroom. From that point, his son, along with other church-goers, helped him out to the car before bringing him home where he later passed away.

2. Apparently, Coots Had Refused Treatment For The Bite

Coots seems to have resisted medical treatment, which, in turn, led to his death. WBIR reports that:

Middlesboro Police Chief Jeff Sharpe said Coots was found dead in his home at about 10 p.m. … Sharpe said Coots went home before emergency workers got to the church. Officials then went to his house but weren’t given consent to treat him or transport him to the hospital. About an hour later officials said they returned to the home, but Coots had passed away.

Coots’ son told the media that his father didn’t believe in going to a doctor for a snake bite.

3. A Fellow Preacher Gave a Full Account of The Incident

Preacher Cody Winn was right next to Coots when he was bitten by the snake. He said:

Jamie went across the floor. He had one of the rattlers in his hand, he came over and he was standing beside me. It was plain view, it just turned its head and bit him in the back of the hand before, within a second.

4. This Was Coots’ Eighth Snake Bite

Coots’ son Cody told the news that his father had been bitten eight times prior to this one and had survived. He said that he and his father had figured that this bite would play out just like the others.

We’re going to go home, he’s going to lay on the couch, he’s going to hurt, he’s going to pray for a while and he’s going to get better. That’s what happened every other time, except this time was just so quick and it was crazy, it was really crazy.

5. Coots Isn’t The First Fatal Snake Bite Victim at The Middlesboro Church

In 1995, a 28-year-old snake handler, Melinda Brown, died after she was bitten at the same church.

In 1995, 28-year-old Melinda Brown, of Parrottsville, Tenn., died after being bitten at Coot’s church by a 4-foot-long timber rattlesnake. Her relatives disputed accounts that the mother of five had been holding the snake that bit her and disagreed with witnesses who said she refused medical treatment as she suffered the effects of the venom for two days at Coots’s home.

A year ago, Coots pled guilty to violating Tennessee’s exotic animals law and was forced to surrender his snakes. People reports that:

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