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Death Of Texas Teenager Found With Cobra Bites Ruled Suicide

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AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP)The death of a Texas teenager found in a parking lot with multiple cobra bites has been ruled a suicide.

An autopsy report says that 18-year-old Grant Thompson had "multiple separate bites" on each arm when he was found suffering from cardiac arrest inside a vehicle in North Austin on July 14. Police began investigating the death after talking to family members  of the teen and venomous snake experts.

The bites showed no evidence that he 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 the back of his car. A driver eventually found the venomous snake near an intersection about half a mile away from the parking lot.

Thompson was passionate about animals and worked at pet store his mother owns in Temple.

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