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World champion 'snake man' killed by cobra
Updated: 2004-03-23 09:35

Thailand's Boonreung Buachan, holder of the Guinness Book of World Records title for spending the most time penned up with snakes, was killed by a cobra that bit him during his daily show, a hospital said on Monday.

Thailand's Boonreung Buachan, shown in Bangkok in this May 4, 1999 file photo, who was the holder of the Guinness Book of World Records title for spending the most time penned up with snakes was killed by a cobra bite during his daily show, announced a hospital on March 22, 2004.  [Reuters]


Boonreung, 34, who was dubbed as the "Snake Man," was rushed unconscious to Prai Bung Hospital near his hometown, 350 miles northeast of Bangkok, Dr Wipa Praituan told Reuters.

"He was brought here with no signs of life. He wasn't breathing and his heart didn't beat," she said.

Boonreung was listed by the "Guinness Book of World Records" in 1998 after living with snakes in a glass box for seven days.

An epileptic, Boonreung went into convulsions after being bitten, but no one took him to the hospital initially because they thought he was suffering an epileptic fit.

Boonreung's father said he would donate his son's 30 snakes to a zoo because nobody in the family dared deal with them.

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