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Snake-handling Kentucky preacher dies after rattler bite

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Jamie CootsA snake-handling preacher died in Kentucky this weekend after being bitten by a rattlesnake during a church service and refusing medical care, his family said.

Jamie Coots died Saturday night, no more than 2 hours after the 2 1/2-foot-long viper sank its fangs into his right hand during a service at his Middlesboro church attended by 35-40 people, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Cody Coots said Sunday his father quickly became sick and threw up in a bathroom.

"He said, 'My face feels like it's on fire," the younger Coots said.

Members of the church took the preacher to his home, and he never regained consciousness. While an ambulance was summoned, the family wouldn't allow emergency workers to take him to a hospital.

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