Some people would do anything just to earn money so they can support their families. One of the best ways to make a lot of money is by being a famous performer. Irma Bule, an Indonesian pop singer, made a name for herself by performing with a king cobra on-stage. Unfortunately, she had one last performance that proved fatal.
Irmawati, more popularly known by her stage name Irma Bule, is a popular Dangdut performer. Dangdut is a genre of Indonesian folk mixed with pop music which usually includes “goyang ular” roughly translated to “dancing with snakes.”
The 29-yearl-old singer and mother of three started performing when she graduated from junior high school. She was famous in Indonesia’s Karawang and Purwakarta Districts for her death-defying acts onstage. Most of the time, she sings with snakes but only the non-venomous kind or those who have been defanged.
Her “goyang ular” performances drew a lot of fans. It became a routine for Irma Bule to handle the reptiles effortlessly. Her job has taken her all across Indonesia – from heavily populated urban areas, to small rural towns.
Unfortunately, she didn’t make as much money as one would expect from such a dangerous profession. In Indonesia, local singers approximately get only $20, $25 if they perform with a snake.
Irma Bule’s last performance took place at a village in Karawang, West Java. During her fateful show, she was bitten by a king cobra while she was performing onstage. A witness said that the singer stepped on the cobra’s tail by accident. She was singing her second song when the snake bit her on the thigh.
She continued singing despite being bitten as she did not know that the snake was venomous. After less than an hour, Irma started experiencing seizures and vomiting. She was immediately brought to the hospital. Sadly, she eventually lost her life.
Irma Bule died in April 4, 2016.CLICK PAGE 3 TO WATCH THE VIDEO
According to Time magazine, the singer’s mother said that Irma had been performing onstage with snakes for three years. Normally, the creature’s mouths are held shut with duct tape or they use snakes of the non-venomous variety.
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