AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The death of a pet store worker found unresponsive in a North Austin parking lot with cobra bites has been ruled a suicide.
An autopsy determined 18-year-old Grant Thompson had multiple bites on his arms when he was located July 14 in cardiac arrest in a vehicle near a home improvement store. Thompson died later at a hospital.
A coroner found no evidence that Thompson tried to pull away from the snake as it struck.
Thompson had a snake, several tarantulas and an empty container that housed the cobra in his vehicle. Another driver later found the cobra dead near the store after animal control officials searched for several days.
Authorities say Thompson was passionate about animals and worked at pet store his mother owns in Temple.
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