Skip to comments.Snake king Ali Khan dies from cobra bite
Posted on 12/01/2006 8:29:37 PM PST by highimpact
TAIPING: Malaysias snake king Ali Khan Samsudin, 48, died as he had lived handling the reptiles that he loved.
His eldest son Amjad Khan, 21, said his father had been performing at a show in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday when he was bitten by a King Cobra.
Ali Khan, who regularly performs with his beloved snakes for charity and for a living, died at 1am yesterday at Kuala Lumpur Hospital where he had been recuperating.
Amjad Khan related that when his father contacted him on Tuesday to tell him he had been bitten, the family had not been too worried.
DARING FEAT: Ali Khan receiving a kiss from a cobra during a performance at a snake exhibition at the State Museum in Kota Baru in a May 14, 2000 file photo. Bernamapic He had been bitten by snakes many times before, including three times by King Cobras. The first King Cobra bit him in Taiping when he was 21.
So we didnt think anything would happen. I was just relaks saja (calm), said Amjad Khan at their flat in Kampung Boyan here yesterday.
On Thursday night, his condition took a turn for the worse. Family members here received a call from Amjad Khans uncle to go to the hospital.
We rushed from Taiping at 11.30pm, but by the time we arrived he was already gone. We didnt even get a chance to say goodbye, said the son.
Maybe his body couldnt take it any more because of his diabetes.
He leaves behind five children aged 13 to 23 from wives Mau Boh Bee, 48, and Jumabee Mohd Ibrahim, 33. Amjad Khan, who also works as a snake handler, said he would continue his fathers work despite the tragedy.
Many of my fathers shows have been cancelled, but this is a trade that has been passed down for five generations, he said, adding that his uncle Husein Dasthagir, 48, also worked with snakes.
Its our way of life and we cant imagine doing anything else.
Well known for his daring feats with cobras, Ali Khan had also made it into the 1997 Guinness Book of World Records, living in a glass enclosure filled with more than 5,000 scorpions for 21 days. He set another record by living with 400 snakes for 40 days.
Did you hear William Shatner yell KHANNNNNN
Didn't some country recently ban "snake charming?"
5000 Scorpions? Cobras?
This guy would have even been safe in a hotel full of Democrats!!!
Well now, don't push it.
Don't play with crocodiles, cobras or sting rays.
....but that one's pretty cool too.
Getting your Taiping bitten really hurts.
I gathered from the article that he had 2 wives?
What a stupid stupid man. Playing with snakes. Fool.
We can only hope that's the way he would've wanted to go.
ROFL if I didn't say it somebody would
OH GOD I hope Freepers give Ricardo Montiblan respect when he died
Screw it we are not I seen that thread we did to Jane Wyatt when she pass
Why are we blaming the snake? Maybe he died from the diabetes? Just maybe?
Rest in peace... and what's with the AM tonight moving so many threads to chat ?
Let's hope Mr. Montalban is with us for a good, long time.
Yeah i hope so last time I hear he was having poor health but he turn out okay that what I hear
I hoping Ricardo stay around can you imagine that thread
It is possible that the many previous bites immunized this man against the venom for many years. Then, diabetes takes over and the man becomes immunocompromised and the last bite does him in. Antivenin is produced in horses by injecting them with the venom resulting in forming antibody. Diabetes is a disease that affects immunity significantly.
Rita Hayworth remembers.
If you see the picture of him on the Drudge Report, he looks like Hall-of-Fame runningback Jim Brown.
Snake King, eh? Sounds like the cobras took back the throne.
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