Mitchell Guist, 'Swamp People' Star, Dies at 48
Mitchell Guist, a cast member of the reality TV show "Swamp People" died Monday, a Louisiana sheriff said.
Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Mitchell Guist was pronounced dead at a hospital. He had fallen while aboard his boat on the Intracoastal Waterway, near Pierre Part.
Initial reports from deputies in neighboring St. Martin Parish are that Guist was traveling on the waterway around 9 a.m. when he fell, Waguespack said. 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.
WAFB-TV reports 911 tapes were released later Monday, revealing the lengths people in the Belle River community went to try and revive Guist. Witnesses called the emergency response number and asked for ambulances or a helicopter.
"Swamp People" airs on the History channel and is currently in its third season. It features residents of Louisiana's Atchafalaya swamp country during alligator hunting season. Guist appeared on the series with his brother Glenn Guist and the two were "born and raised on the bayou and live entirely off the land.