Another Pentecostal Snake Handler Dies After Venomous Bite

A Kentucky coal miner died after a poisonous snake bite during his church service.
A Kentucky coal miner died after a poisonous snakebite during his church service. (File)

A Kentucky coal miner died after refusing treatment for a Sunday-morning snake bit.

John David Brock, a member of the Holiness faith, was bitten by a rattlesnake and died four hours later, according to a CBS affiliate.

Brock had other health problems, and the official cause of death will be determined from medical records.

Snake-handling churches emerged in the early 20th century. It gained popularity in the last few years through the reality show Snake SalvationThe pastor in Snake SalvationJamie Coots, died of a snake bite in 2014.

The CBS affiliate says Brock is the second person to die of a snake bite this year in his congregation.


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