'Swamp People' cast member Mitchell Guist dies

3:09 PM, May 15, 2012   |    comments
  • Mitchell Guist died Monday, May 14. Image courtesy of A+E Networks.
  • Mitchell Guist (right) died Monday, May 14. Image courtesy of A+E Networks.
    
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PIERRE PART, La. -- A Louisiana sheriff says a cast member of the reality TV show "Swamp People" has died.

Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack says Mitchell Guist was pronounced dead at a hospital Monday. He had fallen while aboard his boat on the Intracoastal Waterway, near Pierre Part.

Waguespack says initial reports from deputies in neighboring St. Martin Parish are that Guist was traveling on the waterway around 9 a.m. when he fell. The boat returned to a nearby landing in St. Martin and Guist was taken to a hospital. The cause of his fall is unclear, and there is no word yet on the official cause of death.

"Swamp People," on the History cable television channel, features residents of Louisiana's Atchafalaya swamp country during alligator hunting season.

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Joint statement from History and Original Media, producers of "Swamp People" for History:

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.

Associated Press

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