Kentucky man dies after snakebite during Pentecostal church service BY David Harding NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 9:22 AM Shelley Mays/AP Like ill-fated John Brock in Kentucky, the late Jamie Coots sings and holds a rattlesnake during a service at the Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tenn., in this May 2012 photo. A man from Kentucky has died after being bitten by a snake during a church service. John David Brock was bitten on the left arm while handling the snake at the Pentecostal church in Jenson, the Bell County Sheriff's Department announced Sunday on Facebook. Brock, 60, refused medical treatment and then went to his brother's home, where he died four hours later, reported WKYT.com. WKYT Brock was handling a snake during a service at Mossy Simpson Pentecostal Church, pictured, in Bell County, Kentucky. The coroner hasn't determined the official cause of death. Brock, a coal miner for 36 years, also had health issues. Snake handling is not uncommon at certain religious services, even though it is illegal in Kentucky, WKYT reported. The practice dates back to the early 1900s. The inspiration for handling snakes comes from a Bible passage in the Gospel of Mark, which says: "They will pick up snakes with their hands and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all."