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Star of National Geographic’s canceled reality show Snake Salvation- Jamie Coots, died Saturday night after being bitten by a snake at his church in Middlesboro, Ky.

Middlesboro Police Chief Jeff Sharpe said Mr. Coots was found dead in his home at about 10 p.m. last night after a snake bit him while he was handling the animal in his church, according to TV STation WBIR.

Officials urged Coots to get medical care, but he refused. About an hour later he passed due to the snakebite.