A well-known Russian snake expert filmed himself dying on a live stream broadcast after he let his pet black mamba bite his hand apparently brokenhearted over the breakup of his marriage. DailyMail said
In deeply disturbing footage, video blogger Arslan Valeev, 31, from St Petersburg, pleaded with viewers to call his ex-wife as he visibly deteriorated on camera and his limbs became numb.
The actual snake bite and moment of death were not shown, but the blogger - a former zoo employee - allowed viewers to see the bite on his hand.
At the end of the footage, he got up from his chair and staggered off camera, possibly towards a bathroom. He died soon afterwards.
He and wife Ekaterina 'Katya' Pyatyzhkina were famous in Russia for running several YouTube channels about snakes and their pet bobcats, with hundreds of thousands of followers.
He then read out his former wife's mobile number.
'This is Katya's number, if someone manages to call her, if she has time to come to me and see me, I would be happy.
'In fact I'm already dying. Farewell. I would be glad to see Katya. Damn, I'm shaking.'
At least one viewer called an ambulance, which later arrived and rushed him to hospital, but medics were unable to save him.
On the broadcast, he showed his almost paralysed hands but stood up and moved away, evidently to his bathroom as the video ended.
It was also claimed that he had stumbled into the street seeking help.
A day earlier he had announced a special broadcast with one of his 'most beloved snakes', called Mamba, giving no clue about his intentions.
A friend later posted online, claiming he had not intended to take his own life, but that it had been a mistake.
'Turning on the camera, as normal, he went to get a snake out of the terrarium to move it into a plastic container used for broadcasts. In the process of doing this the snake bit him.
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