NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, November 13, 2015, 8:13 AM
An animal-loving Texas teen committed suicide by cobra.
Grant Thompson, 18, killed himself in July by letting a highly poisonous monocle cobra bite him repeatedly, according to a Travis County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report obtained by KVUE.
The teen, who worked in his family’s pet store, was found inside his SUV parked in front of an Austin Lowe’s with puncture wounds to his arm. The vehicle was filled with caged tarantulas and non-poisonous snakes — but the door to the cobra’s cage was open and the deadly snake was missing.
Thompson had a “history of suicidal ideation” and allowed the toxic serpent to bite him on the left shoulder, the medical examiner said. Shortly before he was found dying, the teen posted an ominous final message to Facebook: “I’m sorry.”
The teen did not recoil and his body showed no signs of struggled with the reptile, the report said.
The Texas teen allowed the snake to bite him multiple times, officials said.
The snake’s venom sent the teen’s body into paralysis and caused respiratory failure, the report said. He died at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center after going into cardiac arrest.
The 18-year-old was found unresponsive in a car parked in a Austin Lowe’s parking lot in July.
The missing cobra sparked panic throughout Austin as animal experts and authorities hunted for the killer creature. After a two-day snake hunt, investigators found it run over by cars a short distance from Thompson’s vehicle.
It’s not clear why the Temple teen was in Austin, which is about 70 miles southwest of his hometown.
Thompson had a life-long passion for animals and dreamed of breeding exotic pets, his heartbroken mother told the Daily News shortly after his death. The mother-son duo worked at Fish Bowl Pet Express for years.
“Animals were a passion of his,” Seleese Thompson-Mann, 51, said. “When he was 4, he got his first big fish tank. We had an animal-themed birthday party. I had a zoo out in Austin bring in animals. From then, he was hooked.”
Thompson-Mann said she was not aware her son, who lived in his own apartment, owned the deadly cobra.