Irma Bule, a 26-year-old pop star from Indonesia, passed away tragically after being bitten by a cobra in the middle of performing in front of thousands of people.
Bule’s act regularly incorporated various snakes, but while on stage in West Java, Indonesia, she accidentally stepped on a King Cobra who unsurprisingly responded by biting her.
Believing that the cobra had been de-fanged and thus posed no major threat, Bule continued to dance and sing.
“In the middle of the second song, Irma stepped on the snake’s tail,” Ferlando Octavion Auzura, an audience member who witnessed the event, told local website Merdeka. ‘The snake then bit Irma in her thigh.”
In fact, Bule was immediately offered antidote to counteract the venom in the bite but for some unknown reason the artist refused treatment. Instead, she waited calmly as the snake was removed from her thigh and continued her act.
Shortly after, as the venom quickly worked its way through her system, Bule became vomiting and seizing on stage.
Staff rushed her to hospital where she was declared dead 45 minutes later.
The King Cobra is one of the most dangerous animals in the world. According to Metro, they can kill an elephant or 20 people with a single bite.