Middlesboro police said that the preacher was found in his home at about 10 p.m. Emergency workers had been called to the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church after Coots was bitten, but he had already returned to his home. When the paramedics arrived at the house, Coots refused all medical treatment. He died about an hour later.
Along with Pastor Andrew Hamblin, Coots was featured on the “Snake Salvation” program on National Geographic. The show profiled snake-handlers and their religion. One year ago, Coots had surrendered his vipers as part of a plea bargain for violating exotic animal laws.