Unfortunately, Jamie Coots died this past Saturday from a poisonous snake bite ("Jamie Coots, well-known Middlesboro preacher, dies from snakebite"). Apparently, he refused medical attention after being bitten in his church in Middlesboro, Kentucky, and he died later in his home. Here's what National Geographic posted regarding Coots's death:
National Geographic joins his family, friends and community in mourning the loss of Pastor Jamie Coots. In following Pastor Coots for our series Snake Salvation, we were constantly struck by his 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. 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. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.I just hope that those whom Coots left behind don't think that he died because he was lacking in faith. His faith may have been misguided, but it certainly appears to have been genuine.