Grief-stricken snake expert lets pet black mamba bite him, live streams suicide
A Russian snake expert filmed himself dying and broadcast it live after he allegedly let his pet black mamba bite his hand.
Arslan Valeev, a former zoo employee, showed viewers the snake bite on his hand during the live stream.
In a previous video on September 21, Valeev had spoke about being heartbroken over his break-up with wife Ekaterina ‘Katya’ Pyatyzhkina. He had reportedly beaten her up after accusing her of cheating on him.
In the live streamed video, he tells his audience in Russian: “Pass on to Katya that I loved her very much,” before moving his hand towards the camera.
“Beautiful, isn’t it? Oh, damn, how it… Bye to everyone… I can’t believe it is happening to me…,” a metro.co.uk report translated him as saying in the video.
Later, the former zoo employee read out his ex-wife’s phone number into the camera, before adding, “I’m already dying. Farewell. I would be glad to see Katya. Damn, I’m shaking.”
In the video, Arslan’s health can be seen deteriorating. His breath quickens and his bloodshot eyes start rolling as he shows his bleeding, almost paralysed hands. But he stands up and walks off the screen.
At least one viewer called an ambulance, which later arrived and rushed him to hospital, but medics were unable to save him, reported the Daily Mail.
According to the report, earlier this month, Valeev publicly apologised to his ex-wife. Pyatyzhkina had reportedly suffered a concussion after Valeev beat her. She obtained a divorce from him after the domestic violence and was now in a new relationship, the Daily Mail reported.
A friend of Valeev later wrote a post online claiming the snake expert had not intended to take his own life, and that the incident had been a mistake.
The video blogger ran YouTube channel BobCat TV with his former partner, which had 2,74,381 subscribers at the time of writing.