PIERRE PART, La. – A cast member of the History Channel 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.
History, which produces the reality show with Original Media, said Guist would have turned 49 on Friday.
“We are extremely saddened to report that our friend and beloved member of the Swamp People family, Mitchell Guist, has passed away. … Mitchell passed on the swamp, doing what he loved,” the network said in a statement.
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.
“Swamp People,” on the History cable television channel, features residents of Louisiana’s Atchafalaya swamp country during alligator hunting season.