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'Snake Salvation' Star

Dies From Holy Snakebite

2/16/2014 12:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0216-pastor-coots-01The pastor on Nat. Geo's "Snake Salvation" died Saturday night ... after one of the snakes to which he prays bit him.

Pentecostal pastor Jamie Coots suffered the fatal attack while preaching to his Kentucky congregation.

Emergency units raced to the church ... but the reality star had already left and gone home.

The show's website explains the Pastor and his followers believe the Bible says a poisonous snakebite will not harm them as long as they are anointed by God’s power.

EMTs went to Coots' home but he sent them away ... refusing care ... an hour later he was dead.

It's unclear if they were filming during the sermon.

A rep for the show says the "Snake Salvation" finished filming last year ... and they never intended to film a second season.

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lucinda4233    

kk, either do the research and get it right or hire me to do it. They don't "pray to the snakes." they go by Mark 16:18, and believe picking the snakes up is a show of faith, that they won't harm them. To each his own.

146 days ago
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Curt Alleman    

This is a 'big picture thing', simply can't let this gene pool continue.

146 days ago
153.

genny8908    

Hello,
I am not a snake handler or Pentecostal and in no way support snake handling, however, it is unfair to equate Pentecostalism with snake handling. They are different things and many Pentecostals do not participate. Also, he is not praying to the snake, he is using it as an outward sign of his faith. Also, many people have commented on how "stupid" this is, and again, while I do not participate and do not support it, it is a part of someone's faith, not just people doing it for fun.

146 days ago
154.

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If a person dies after a snake bite, what is the congregations reason for why it happened?

146 days ago
155.

beth    

Dumb Ass.

146 days ago
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christopher121.cm@gmail.com    

Wow to believe that he and his people believe that venomous snakes couldnt hurt them they are just about the dumbest people

146 days ago
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Tracy    

So, what are the odds his followers will be forced to admit that he was now, in fact, "anointed by God"? Slim or none?

146 days ago
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H.McPherson    

I was very saddened at lunch to find out that the Very Reverend Jamie Coots had died from God's Snake Avenger. It may be that he had committed an as yet unknown secret sin. The Reverend might have been saved if President Obama had set up the "Faith Ambulances" to take him in each county.

146 days ago
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H.McPherson    

I was very saddened at lunch to find out that the Very Reverend Jamie Coots had died from God's Snake Avenger. It may be that he had committed an as yet unknown secret sin. The Reverend might have been saved if President Obama had set up the "Faith Ambulances" to take him in each county.

146 days ago
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Pure Evil    

Silly bastard. Everyone knows EMS does gods work. He should have let them treat him.

145 days ago
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church member    

Sorry, but Pastor Jamie and his congregation DO NOT PRAY TO SNAKES! We pray to Jesus in Heaven. If you are going to state something, please state facts.

145 days ago
162.

Auntie    

Just a couple of thoughts. Why would you 'test' GOD's protection by putting yourself in a position to be bitten by a venomous snake? (Vipers are not 'poisonous'.) That is just pure ignorance and hubris.
Secondly, in regards to a statement/question posed by Harvey, snakes don't get a 'taste for blood'. Just like all creatures, reptiles and snakes can have good or bad days when they don't like being handled. What time frame occurred between the handling and the snake's last feeding? Many things come into play with working with snakes.
My husband held a venomous reptile license for over 30 years. Never bitten because he paid attention to the snakes attitude each time he came in contact.

Bottom line, you can't fix stupid. Or arrogance. Sometimes, they learn their lesson too late.

145 days ago
163.

skillet    

If there was a god he sure as hell likes to f with people

141 days ago
164.

think101    

Now we have proof of what happens when a stupid person has a child.

141 days ago
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FloBee     

If he didn't die do you realize that his followers and who else would've thought that they were infallible against snakes. Probably would've caused a bunch of idiots to try to survive snake bites without treatment. Him ever surviving was pretty much not a chance. Even though he was "anointed".

140 days ago
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