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Jamie Coots, Snake Salvation Pastor, Dies from Snake Bite

02/17/2014 at 07:30 AM EST

A snake-handling pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show Snake Salvation has died after being bitten by a snake during a weekend church service in Kentucky.

Jamie Coots was handling a rattlesnake at his Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church in Middlesboro when he was bitten on the hand Saturday night, another preacher, Cody Winn, told WBIR-TV.

After the bite, Coots dropped the snakes, but then picked them back up and continued on. Within minutes, Winn said Coots headed to the bathroom.

“He had one of the rattlers in his hand, he came over and he was standing beside me. It was plain view, it just turned its head and bit him in the back of the hand … within a second,” Winn said.

When an ambulance arrived at the church at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, they were told Coots had gone home, the Middlesboro Police Department said in a statement. Contacted at his house, Coots refused medical treatment.

Emergency workers left about 9:10 p.m. that night. When they returned about an hour later, Coots was dead from a venomous snakebite, police added.

The snake-handling pastor’s son, Cody Coots, told the TV station his dad had been bit eight times before, but never had had such a severe reaction. The son said he had thought the bite would be just like all the others.

“We’re going to go home, he’s going to lay on the couch, he’s going to hurt, he’s going to pray for a while and he’s going to get better. That’s what happened every other time, except this time was just so quick and it was crazy, it was really crazy,” Cody Coots said.

In January 2013, Coots was caught transporting three rattlesnakes and two copperheads through Knoxville, Tenn. Wildlife officials confiscated the snakes, and Coots pleaded guilty to illegally wildlife possession. He was given one year of unsupervised probation.

National Geographic said in a statement that it was struck by Coots’ “devout religious convictions despite the health and legal peril he often faced.”

“Those risks were always worth it to him and his congregants as a means to demonstrate their unwavering faith,” the statement said. “We were honored to be allowed such unique access to pastor Jamie and his congregation during the course of our show, and give context to his method of worship.”

Coots said in February 2013 that he needed the snakes for religious reasons, citing a Bible passage in the book of Mark that reads, in part: “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.”

The pastor said that year that he took that passage at face value.

“We literally believe they want us to take up snakes,” Coots told The Associated Press at the time. “We’ve been serpent handling for the past 20 or 21 years.”

In 1995, 28-year-old Melinda Brown, of Parrottsville, Tenn., died after being bitten at Coot’s church by a 4-foot-long timber rattlesnake. Her relatives disputed accounts that the mother of five had been holding the snake that bit her and disagreed with witnesses who said she refused medical treatment as she suffered the effects of the venom for two days at Coots’s home.

The Bell County attorney at the time wanted to prosecute under a 1942 state law that made it illegal to handle or display snakes during religious services. But the judge refused to sign the criminal complaint.

“If the court thought that a trial would act to deter future snake handling in church, my decision would be different,” Bell District Judge James Bowling Jr. wrote to the county attorney. “But you and I both know that this practice is not going to stop until either rattlesnakes or snake handlers become extinct.”

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Olivia Wilde & Jason Sudeikis: Basketball Fans

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Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis waited for their car in West Hollywood, Calif. on Saturday (January 18). The couple had been to the Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers basketball game.

The Her actress is expecting their baby boy on May 4th.

While speaking to Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet at the Golden Globes she mentioned that she remembers the due date by thinking of the slightly changed Star Wars phrase, “May the fourth be with you.’

She also joked about the benefits of pregnancy joking, “It’s great. I’ve never had boobs before.”

Wilde and Sudeikis got engaged in January 2013. Wilde was previously married to documentarian Tao Ruspoli and Sudeikis was wed to screenwriter Kay Cannon.

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Molly Sims & Family: Party Time

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Molly Sims, her husband Scott Stuber and Brooks, 17 months, were seen going to a birthday party in Santa Monica, Calif. on Saturday (November 23).

A few days later Sims and her son were seen at the airport. The actress tweeted photos and wrote: “Brooks on a plane! Going through security and trying to steal someone else’s seat mid flight!!!”

The Carrie Diaries actress recently blogged about “Friendsgiving”.

She writes: “As a southern girl from Murray, Kentucky who lives in Los Angeles, I love, love, love that I have the chance to enjoy Thanksgiving twice – once with my family and once with my friends, for Friendsgiving! I’m OB-sessed with planning parties, cooking up healthy but delicious meals for my friends, and hosting everyone at my house.”

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Miranda Lambert: I Lost Weight the Healthy Way

11/25/2013 at 02:20 PM EST

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Miranda Lambert at the Kentucky Derby in May (left) and at the CMA Awards in November

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Miranda Lambert has a message for those who believe she took the easy way out to lose weight.

The singer posted a letter to her fans on Monday blasting reports that she had surgery to help shed the pounds.

“Though I NEVER care what the tabloids have to say about me … I wanted to address this certain story they are running this week and set the record straight. I DID NOT have surgery to lose weight. That is ridiculous,” she wrote.

Added the star: “I lost my weight the healthy and good old fashioned way. Watching what I eat and working out with my trainer Bill Crutchfield.”

Lambert, who dropped a dress size, also admits in the letter that she doesn’t know how many pounds she’s lost.

“It’s not about a scale. It’s about how you feel and how your jeans fit. And on November 10th when I turned 30, my skinny jeans were finally baggy! Mission accomplished! So for anyone who is tempted to read the “Trash Talk” please don’t,” she said. “I am proud to be a normal size girl and I want to encourage everyone to be confident at any size.”

The singer recently told PEOPLE the key to her successful weight loss is portion control and her workouts with Crutchfield.

“We do cardio, a lot of circuit training. We do things with my body weight, like lunges. A lot of stuff with [resistance] bands,” she said. “The stuff nobody loves, but it works!”

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