Arslan Valeev, a well-known Russian snake expert was deeply upset following the breakup of his marriage and pleaded with horrified viewers to ask his ex-wife to visit him as he sat dying on camera.
In the deeply disturbing footage, video blogger Arslan Valeev, 31, from St Petersburg, pleaded with viewers to call his ex-wife as he visibly deteriorated on camera and his limbs became numb.
The actual snake bite and moment of death were not shown, but the blogger - a former zoo employee - allowed viewers to see the bite on his hand.
The 31-year-old's breathing quickened and his eyes started rolling before his limbs appeared to become numb from the deadly snake's venom.
Arslan and his wife Ekaterina 'Katya' Pyatyzhkina were famous for running YouTube channels about snakes and cats, with hundreds of thousands of followers.
Friends said that on 4 August he had accused her of cheating on him.
Valeev beat her and she suffered a concussion, it was reported.
He later repented and on 21 September publicly apologized to her for his behavior, saying that their sexual relationship had ended in July.
Last week, Arslan publicly apologized to her for his behavior, but she had already obtained a divorce and was in a new relationship.
In the shocking live stream, he said: "Hi. So, guys. It's time to do what I must do. Live stream [unintelligible]."
He then got up and went off camera, but a muffled sound of "ouch" could be heard as the deadly snake bit him.
He returned telling viewers: "If I die, then I die."
He added: "I just will stay with you for some time. Just in case - on my mobile, there is a message for Katya."
His breathing quickened, and his eyes started rolling. His muscles appeared to become numb.
Arslan showed his bitten finger with blood on it, saying: "Pass on to Katya that I loved her very much.
"Beautiful, isn't it? Oh, damn, how it. Bye to everyone. I can't believe it is happening to me."
He then read out his former wife's mobile number.
He added: "This is Katya's number if someone manages to call her, if she has time to come to me and see me, I would be happy.
"In fact, I'm already dying. Farewell. I would be glad to see Katya. Damn, I'm shaking."
At least one viewer called an ambulance, which later arrived and rushed him to the hospital, but medics were unable to save him.
On the broadcast, he showed his almost paralyzed hands but stood up and moved away, evidently to his bathroom as the video ended.
It was also claimed that he had stumbled into the street seeking help.
His ex-wife has not spoken publicly about the distressing video.
A day earlier he had announced a special broadcast with one of his "most beloved snakes", called Mamba, giving no clue about his intentions.
A friend wrote on one of his channels: "Turning on the camera, as normal, he went to get a snake out of the terrarium to move it into a plastic container used for broadcasts.
"In the process of doing this, the snake bit him.
"Being an expert in keeping poisonous snakes with 20 years experience, Arslan aware of what happened.
"He left a message to his wife Ekaterina, and asked viewers who turned out to be eyewitnesses to get in touch with Katya, because his limbs began to get numb quickly, depriving him of the opportunity to call help himself."
"Then he went out into the street, waiting for the arrival of help."
In the posting when he apologized to Katya, he also wrote: "I see that everything has passed for you, a new life began with someone you have long been close to."
He also said: "There were no betrayals, we had no sex since July, we parted even earlier. They started to date at the end of July and I believe Katya about this."
Mr. Valeev's ex-wife has not commented on the video.
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