Malaysia's most famous snake-catching fireman dies after being bitten by cobra

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His pictures and videos with the venomous snake while working, sleeping, gymming went viral on social media.

According to local news outlet The Star, Hussin, who worked for the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department, often trained other firemen on how to identify and handle snakes.

He had also participated in television programme Asia's Got Talent, where he pulled off the daring act of "kissing" a snake. Hussin denied the reports and expressed his disappointment over them.

Malaysia's famed 'snake whisperer' has finally met his match after dying on Friday following a cobra snake biting him earlier in the week.

Friends marveled at Hussin's daring and bravado, while pointing out the snake-catcher's patience and determination during unsafe missions.

But he was admitted to hospital on Monday after being bitten a cobra during a snake-catching operation.

Well-known throughout the state for his masterful handling, he had been bitten numerous times, having slipped into a coma in 2015, only to awaken, unscathed two days later.

The 33-year-old died at 12.54am in the intensive care unit of the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital, Pahang Fire and Rescue Department director Abdul Wahab Mat Yassin said. His body will be transported to his hometown in Kelantan where he will be buried.

Hussin was also widely known for being misidentified by British tabloids in 2016 as a Thai manwho allegedly married his pet snake, believing it to be his "reincarnated girlfriend" because of its "striking resemblance" to her.

Remembering the "snake whisperer".

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