Perhaps Mitchell Guist was more of a star in Louisiana, but I bet you most people have heard at least on one occasion about one of his “Swamp People” episodes. The 48 year old “Swamp People” star Mitchell Guist died this Monday, just a few days before his 49th birthday.
Alligator hunter, star of the History Channel reality show “Swamp People”, Mitchell Guist had an accident this Monday that cost him his life. According to the 911 call, the man who called thought that Mitchell Guist was experiencing a cardiac arrest seizure.
So far, the authorities haven’t ruled out the cause of death or the cause of Guist’s falling in the boat. USA Today writes that Mitchell Guist was trying to load something in the boat and had apparently slipped and fell.
The 911 call that WAFB-TV released is not for the light hearted: “You say he’s in cardiac arrest?” asks the dispatcher and the caller responds: “Yes sir, we’re blowing and pumping the guy’s chest right now. It looks like he may have had a heart attack”. During that time, witnesses of the event called for ambulances and even a helicopter to pick up Mitchell Guist from Belle River.
Reports from St. Martin Parish deputies write that the “Swamp People” star was in a boat when he fell. Apparently the accident happened around 9 a.m. and was taken to a hospital nearby St. Martin. There he was pronounced death.
History Channel wrote on its website: “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 statement also read: “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 History Channel announced through a spokesperson that the following “Swamp People” episodes are going to run on schedule. It was also added that both the show and the network are working on something that will “honor his memory”.