Pentecostal Pastor Jamie Coots reportedly died from his dangerous denomination at the weekend, having been bitten by his own rattlesnake at his small Kentucky church. He reportedly refused to seek medical attention claiming it is the will of God.
The father-of-two was well known for practicing an extreme and rare Christian tradition of snake handling, based on an interpretation of the King James Bible, Mark 16: 17-18, which reads: ‘And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.’
According to WYKT, emergency crews responded to reports of a snakebite victim at Coots church, Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, about 8.30pm Saturday.
A rattlesnake had bitten Coots on his right hand but he had gone home before emergency workers arrived.
Officials then went to his house and urged Coots to accept medical care, but he refused. They left at 9.10pm.
Police then received a call indicating that Coots had died. He was found dead in his home about 10pm.
In 1995, a woman died at Coots’ church from a snake bite. Melinda Brown, 28, of Parrotsville, Tennessee, was bitten on the arm by a large rattlesnake, Kentucky.com reported.