A Kentucky pastor who starred in the National Geographic reality show, "Snake Salvation", about snake-handling in church has died of a snakebite. 

Jamie Coots died Saturday evening after refusing to be treated.   He believed a passage in the Bible that said poisonous snakebites would not harm believers anointed by God.

The practice is illegal in most states, but still goes on, primarily in the rural South. 

Coots was a third-generation "serpent handler" and aspired to one day pass the practice and his church, Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, on to his adult son, Little Cody.

The show featured Coots and cast handling all kinds of poisonous snakes -- copperheads, rattlers, and cottonmouths.