Snake-handling US pastor Jamie Coots, who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show Snake Salvation, has died after being bitten by a snake.
A Middlesboro Police Department spokesman said someone reported a snake-bite at a Kentucky church on Saturday night.
When the ambulance arrived, they were told that pastor Jamie Coots had gone home.
Police arrived at his home and Coots refused medical treatment. Emergency workers left but when they returned about an hour later, Coots was dead.
Coots was caught in January 2013 transporting three rattlesnakes and two copperheads through Knoxville, Tennessee, for his church.
Tennessee wildlife officials confiscated the snakes, and Coots pleaded guilty to illegally wildlife possession. He was given one year of unsupervised probation.
Coots had already lost a finger to snake bite, allowing it to rot and turn black on his hand, exposing the bone before it eventually broke off.
His wife Linda kept the blackened fingertip in a jar, telling Coots "I'll always have a piece of you wherever you go," she once said.
Coots's grandfather started the Church around 100 years ago and Coots has been a pastor there since 1994.