‘Swamp People’ Cast Mitchell Guist Dies on Swamp

May 15, 2012 Updated: May 15, 2012

Mitchell Guist, a cast member of History’s reality series “Swamp People,” died at age 48 after collapsing onboard his boat on the Belle River in Louisiana early Monday. The boat returned to a landing in St. Martin, La. 

Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack told The Associated Press that Guist was pronounced dead at a Louisiana hospital. The cause of the death has yet to be determined. 

Guist, a Cajun born and raised on the bayou and lived completely off the land, along with his brother Glenn has been part of the show for the last two seasons, according to History. 

“We are extremely saddened to report that our friend and beloved member of the ‘Swamp People’ family, Mitchell Guist, passed away earlier today,” History said in a statement. “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 brother, Glenn, and the rest of the Guist family.” 

“Swamp People,” first broadcast on History in summer 2010, follows the day-to-day activities for a couple of Cajuns who live and hunt Alligators for a living in the Atchafalaya River Basin swamp in Louisiana. The show is now is in its third season.