History statement on the passing of “Swamp People” star Mitchell Guist

Mitchell Guist, a cast member of History’s hit reality series Swamp People, died yesterday at the age of 47, (he would have turned 48 this Friday) after falling aboard his boat in Louisiana. According to the 911 caller who reported the incident, Guist had a seizure, then went into cardiac arrest.

History and Original Media — the company that produces Swamp People for the network — released a joint statement:

“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.”