Singer Reportedly Refuses Antidote After Being Bitten by Cobra Mid-Song, Dies 45 Minutes Later
This news out of Indonesia is shocking.
Pop star Irma Bule was known for dancing with props, including a variety of snakes, when she performed.
— BiLLY KHAERUDIN (@BiLLYKOMPAS) April 6, 2016
The practice of dancing with snakes is common among Indonesia’s pop stars.
— KapanLagi (@KapanLagicom) April 5, 2016
During a performance on April 4, Bule accidentally stepped on the tail of the king cobra she was dancing with. It bit her in the thigh, according to audience member Ferlando Octavion Auzura. The following video from The Mirror appears to show a snake handler removing the cobra from Bule. The paper reports that she then refused the antidote. In this video, she does not collapse and there is no visible blood or even an expression of pain, but discretion is advised.
Reports indicate that Bule danced and sang for another 45 minutes before audience members noticed that she was vomiting. Eventually, she had seizures and passed out in front of her fans, dying on stage.
It appears that Bule’s snakes are usually defanged and she believed this one was, too. According to Us Weekly, Bule’s mom told local news reporters the following:
My daughter might not have known that the snake that was given to her for the show was a dangerous cobra. She was told she could wear it, even though its mouth was not closed with duct tape.
Police have launched an investigation into what happened to the star who is survived by her three young children.
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