Snake handling is a religious ritual in a small number of isolated churches in the United States.
Practitioners believe they are protected by God through faith when holding or even after being bitten by venomous snakes. They also touch fire and drink poison during church service.
Jamie Coots was bitten during church service, dropped the snakes but then picked them back up and continued the ceremony. When paramedics arrived his relatives refused medical treatment and he died.
His son, Cody Coots, later became a preacher and was also bitten by a snake during service and was rushed to a hospital.
Between 350 and 400 people die from snake bites in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.