Posted: May 14, 2012 11:51 AM
Updated: May 14, 2012 2:55 PM
Source: Assumption Parish
BELLE RIVER - Deputies in Assumption Parish confirmed that Mitchell Guist from The History Channel's show "Swamp People" died this morning.
Sheriff Mike Waguespack said the incident occurred around 9 a.m. in St. Martin Parish along the Belle River. Waguespack said Guist suffered a fall in the boat shortly after it launched into the Belle River.
Witnesses told News 2 people on the boat waved others over for help, and Guist was having what appeared to be seizures. They called 911 and a responder trained in CPR, but attempts to resuscitate the reality TV star were unsuccessful.
The cause of death is not known.
A spokesperson at The History Channel released the following statement this afternoon:
"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. "
The spokesperson said all planned episodes of "The Swamp People" would air normally and as scheduled, and they were working on how "to honor to his memory."
News 2 will have more details as they become available.
Photo Courtesy: The History Channel