A veteran rattlesnake handler died on Saturday, April 30, hours after the snake bit him during the show, according to Texas officials.
Eugene de Leon Sr. was bitten on the shoulder Rattlesnake Roundup event at Freer, Police told KII-TV. He was taken to Corpus Christi’s hospital, where he died, police told the station.
Organizer Kendall County Fair Association Deleon says he died “being with a rattlesnake and doing what he liked.”
Rattlesnake Roundup More free chamber of commerceI mourned Deleon’s death in a Facebook post.
“The love and dedication he showed to the community was witnessed daily because he was a member of FreerVol. The fire department is calling on locals to help remove snakes from their property,” the Chamber of Commerce said. The place said. “He was always ready to help. From interviews with TV stations to appearing on TV wildlife shows, I’ll never forget his excitement during the Roundup. He did it all. . “
His sister told DeleonWas passionate about handling snakesAnd “for years” I dealt with rattles.
“He was very loved by those who knew him,” he added. US Parliamentary candidate Sandra Witten.. “My family and I enjoy seeing him handle these deadly snakes easily, just as he was dancing with them. He smiles on his face. , Clearly delighted in his heart. “
Freer is located in southern Texas, about 110 miles south of San Antonio.