Man dies after being bitten while handling snake during Pentecostal church service

Man dies after being bitten while handling snake during Pentecostal church service

A man died after being bitten by a snake he had been handling during a church service in Bell County on Sunday.

John David Brock, 60, of Stoney Fork, was bitten on the left arm while handling the snake at Mossy Simpson Pentecostal Church in Jenson, according to the state police.

Brock refused medical treatment and went to his brother’s home, where he died.

Bell County Coroner Jay Steele said he pronounced Brock dead at the home of his brother Bobby Brock in the Kettle Island community at 4:25 p.m. Sunday.

Steele said an investigation into the incident is continuing.

“We’re still looking into the medical history,” he said. “He had some extenuating circumstances that may have contributed.”

A man who answered the telephone at Bobby Brock’s residence Tuesday afternoon declined to comment.

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