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'Snake Salvation'

Dead Pastor

Violated Law

2/17/2014 8:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The pastor who died Saturday from a snake bite violated Kentucky law by displaying and handling the deadly reptile during his church service ... TMZ has learned.

Jamie Coots was bitten by a rattlesnake while preaching to his congregation.  He refused medical treatment and died a short time later.

We did some digging ... and found a Kentucky law which says, "Any person who displays, handles or uses any kind of reptile in connection with any religious service or gathering shall be fined not less than $50 nor more than $100."

Kentucky Game Warden Ray Lawson tells TMZ ... Coots had proper permits to transport, hold and sell copperhead and timber rattlesnakes, but he acknowledges the state law prohibiting the use of snakes in religious ceremonies.

Lawson says his dept. has no authority to enforce the state law.  He says that's the job of the cops, but they don't enforce it.

We called the police ... but so far no answer.

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burning_plastic    

Oh look, it's the Addams Family.

62 days ago
62.

Laine    

He's dead, so why does this matter?

62 days ago
63.

rotti    

Good another nut bits the dust.

62 days ago
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mikeh420    

You can't cure stupid. It's a permanent condition.

62 days ago
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squeakermama    

All their hands are covered but for the one guy, and his hand looks really weird

62 days ago
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RD    

These people are just freaks so why should anyone care that one died. Just thinning the herd. Hopefully he didn't reproduce and if he did, let's hope that his kids are smarter than their dead, dumb dad.

62 days ago
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Sadiemay    

That's why their reality show was cancelled a while back.

62 days ago
68.

Sadiemay    

That's why their reality show was cancelled a while back.

62 days ago
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kuz    

Too funny

62 days ago
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Nuohlac    

The gene pool just got a little cleaner. Moron,

62 days ago
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Black Adam    

Is the old dude on the right wearing a glove?

62 days ago
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Eff_ignorantpeople    

Apparently TMZ and its readers are pretty much all sick, judgmental, worthless individuals. All of these hateful comments about the death of another human being are disgusting. I don't share the same beliefs on snake handling and I would never do it myself, but it's not my place or any other person's place to judge ANYONE. I met Pastor Coots and have to say that he was a very kind, compassionate man. His family is very loving and they deserve to be treated with the same respect that everyone should be shown during a time of loss and mourning. Whether you agree with their beliefs or not is irrelevant. Have some decency and keep the ignorant, heartless comments to yourself.

62 days ago
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YourMum    

What a ********. Moronic Americans like this guy deserve what they get. Believing God would make him immune to snake venom!? Unbelievable.

62 days ago
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Leek    

Is it just me or does this guy look a lot like Matt Dillahunty?

62 days ago
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jackL    

Punks at TMZ call police on the pastor who died. HEY TMZ DID YOU CALL THE COPS ON THE OCCUPY PEEPS, DID YOU CALL ON YOUR BUDDY KANYE AND BIEBS? WHY U CALL THE COPS ON THE PREACHER? PUS*IES?

62 days ago
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