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Snake king Ali Khan dies from cobra bite
TheStar Online ^ | 12/2/06 | CHRISTINA KOH

Posted on 12/01/2006 8:29:37 PM PST by highimpact

TAIPING: Malaysia’s 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 didn’t 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 Khan’s uncle to go to the hospital.

“We rushed from Taiping at 11.30pm, but by the time we arrived he was already gone. We didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye,” said the son.

“Maybe his body couldn’t 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 father’s work despite the tragedy.

“Many of my father’s 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.

“It’s our way of life and we can’t 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.


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Note to self: don't play with King Cobras.
1 posted on 12/01/2006 8:29:43 PM PST by highimpact
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To: highimpact; All

Did you hear William Shatner yell KHANNNNNN


2 posted on 12/01/2006 8:31:29 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: highimpact

Didn't some country recently ban "snake charming?"


3 posted on 12/01/2006 8:31:58 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: highimpact
If you must play with Cobras:


4 posted on 12/01/2006 8:33:31 PM PST by DeFault User
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To: highimpact; Chieftain

Sheesh!

5000 Scorpions? Cobras?

This guy would have even been safe in a hotel full of Democrats!!!


5 posted on 12/01/2006 8:33:53 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: highimpact

Crikey.


6 posted on 12/01/2006 8:34:27 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Well now, don't push it.


7 posted on 12/01/2006 8:35:13 PM PST by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: highimpact

Don't play with crocodiles, cobras or sting rays.


8 posted on 12/01/2006 8:36:03 PM PST by bannie
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To: highimpact

Ooops.


9 posted on 12/01/2006 8:36:23 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: DeFault User
Personally I prefer the 1964 version with the 289 plant.

....but that one's pretty cool too.

10 posted on 12/01/2006 8:36:29 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: highimpact
The first King Cobra bit him in Taiping when he was 21.

Getting your Taiping bitten really hurts.

11 posted on 12/01/2006 8:36:30 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: highimpact

I gathered from the article that he had 2 wives?

What a stupid stupid man. Playing with snakes. Fool.


12 posted on 12/01/2006 8:37:13 PM PST by JRochelle (Duncan Hunter 2008!)
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To: highimpact

We can only hope that's the way he would've wanted to go.

:-)


13 posted on 12/01/2006 8:38:58 PM PST by Herford Turley (Conservatism will save America)
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To: SevenofNine

14 posted on 12/01/2006 8:39:26 PM PST by Petronski (BRABANTIO: Thou art a villain. IAGO: You are--a senator. ---Othello I.i.)
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To: Petronski

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


15 posted on 12/01/2006 8:40:38 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: highimpact

Why are we blaming the snake? Maybe he died from the diabetes? Just maybe?


16 posted on 12/01/2006 8:42:18 PM PST by Cheburashka (World's only Spatula City certified spatula repair and maintenance specialist!!!)
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To: highimpact

Rest in peace... and what's with the AM tonight moving so many threads to chat ?


17 posted on 12/01/2006 8:45:09 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: SevenofNine

Let's hope Mr. Montalban is with us for a good, long time.


18 posted on 12/01/2006 8:45:57 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

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

OH BOY


19 posted on 12/01/2006 8:49:19 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: Cheburashka

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.


20 posted on 12/01/2006 9:03:56 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: highimpact

Rita Hayworth remembers.


21 posted on 12/01/2006 9:15:44 PM PST by preacher (A government which robs from Peter to pay Paul will always have the support of Paul.)
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To: SevenofNine

If you see the picture of him on the Drudge Report, he looks like Hall-of-Fame runningback Jim Brown.


22 posted on 12/01/2006 11:43:27 PM PST by hawkeye101 (Liberalism IS a mental disorder. It can only be cured by large doses of common sense and the truth.)
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To: highimpact

Snake King, eh? Sounds like the cobras took back the throne.


23 posted on 12/02/2006 6:40:00 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("A litany of complaints is not a plan." - GW Bush, referring to DNC's lack of a platform on ANYTHING)
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