If you are afraid of snakes, what you’re about to read isn’t going to make you feel any better.

German snake expert Dieter Zorn died recently while giving a demonstration to people who are afraid of snakes.

The 53-year-old man was performing with some creatures in France when one of the reptiles attacked him. Medical personnel arrived, but could not save him from the venom that had gotten into his system.

Zorn’s partner in the show said he had an “extremely rare allergic reaction” to the bites and “would not have wanted the viper to be blamed for his death.”

Try telling that to the terrified people watching his show.

[Gawker]