Only in Kentucky…….
Jamie Coots, a Kentucky preacher known for snake handling, as well as being the focus of a reality TV show on the National Geographic Channell, died Saturday after being bitten by one of his snakes.
According to the Middlesboro Police Department, emergency crews responded to reports of a possible snakebite victim at a church on Evans Drive around 8:30 p.m., but say the victim had already left the scene by the time they arrived.
Police say they found Coots at his home with an apparent snakebite to his hand. Officials say EMS responders explained the dangers of not treating the wound, but that Coots still refused to be transferred.
Police and EMS returned to the scene an hour later to find Coots dead.
Coots was the pastor of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church in Middlesboro. He is also the subject of the National Geographic Channel series “Snake Salvation”.
And the 2014 Darwin Award goes to…..