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Pop Star’s Performance Turns Deadly with King Cobra

By Dontaira Terrell
Posted On Apr 08, 2016
Pop Star’s Performance Turns Deadly with King Cobra

In a twist of sad events, Indonesian singer Irma Bule lost her life on Monday, April 4th after being bitten by a king cobra snake. The snake was on stage with Bule to serve as a prop during her performance in West Java. After the singer’s death, news spread like wildfire with several jaw-dropping headlines such as, “Shocking! Singer Irma Bule dies after being bit by venomous cobra on stage! (Watch video)” and “Tragic singer bitten by cobra on stage keeps singing for 45 MINUTES before collapsing and dying.”

According to the 29-year-old’s mother the pop star believed the poisonous snake was de-fanged and free of venom. Halfway through her performance the mother of three was bitten on the thigh by the venomous snake after accidentally stepping on the reptile’s tail. Unfortunately, instead of seeking immediate medical attention, the entertainer continued performing for 45 minutes until collapsing after vomiting extensively and experiencing severe seizures. She was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.


“King cobras can reach 18 feet (5.5 meters) in length, making them the longest of all venomous snakes. When confronted, they can raise up to one-third of their bodies straight off the ground and still move forward to attack. They will also flare out their iconic hoods and emit a bone-chilling hiss that sounds almost like a growling dog,” as stated by the National Geographic’s website.

Several media outlets have reported, Bule has performed with reptiles for the last three years because it became her signature trademark during concerts. However, if you dig deeper, there a variety of complexities involving this story. For instance, it is rumored that she performed with snakes in an effort to deter unwanted touching and groping from concert goers.

Additionally, in Irma’s case, Dangdut singers are usually from poverty stricken backgrounds and subjected to tour small, rural backwoods that will generate enough revenue to help support their families. The average pay for a performance is $20 with the option of earning an extra $5 for performing on stage with a snake. To generate more income and a larger audience bringing a snake onstage could potentially result in more tips from the audience.

Our condolences to the family and community of Irma Bule. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband and three young children all under the age of 9-years-old.