The History Channel has lost one of the stars of its hit show Swamp People. Mitchell Guist, half of the much loved, rough cut, alligator-hunting Guist brothers has died after falling out of his boat in Louisiana, reportedly after suffering some form of seizure. However, the official cause of death has yet to be determined by Louisiana officials.
According to a witness first quoted on News 2 (a local Louisiana television station), Guist fell just after his boat was launched. Other passengers on the boat waved for help and 911 was called, but attempts to resuscitate Guist were unsuccessful.
The History Channel has released the following statement regarding Guist’s passing:
“We are extremely saddened to report that our friend and beloved member of the Swamp People family, Mitchell Guist, has passed away earlier today. Mitchell passed on the swamp, doing what he loved. We appreciate your respect for the Guist family’s privacy and hope you join us in sending our thoughts and prayers to his brother, Glenn, and the rest of the Guist family.”
A spokesperson also said that all planned episodes of Swamp People would be aired as planned and that the History Channel was working on how to properly honor Guist’s memory.
Check out some clips of the Guist brothers in the video below.
photo: The History Channel