“Swamp People” star Mitchell Guist has reportedly died, according to a Louisiana sheriff.
Bearded alligator hunter Mitchell Guist was in his boat riding along the Belle River when he “fell” out of it, TMZ reported.
He was pronounced dead on Monday, according to Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack.
Witnesses who spoke to authorities said it looked like Guist was suffering from a seizure. A witness on of the other boats in the area when Guist fell went overboard called 911.
He went into the water around 9 a.m. in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana according to WBRZ.com,
By the time emergency personnel arrived at the scene and brought Guist to the hospital it was already too late.
TMZ quoted anonymous sources saying that Guist had recently been ill, but they did not know what caused the illness or the severity of his condition.
The History channel’s “Swamp People” is a reality show that is currently in its third season and takes place in Louisiana swamp country. They film them during their alligator hunting season.
Viewers who tune in to the show would hear this description about the Guists brothers:
“Brothers Glenn and Mitchell Guist were born, raised, and still live in the same house their grandparents once occupied on Conway Bayou. The Guist brothers march to their own drummer. They are a backwoods duo who hunt, trap and fish to eat. If the fish in Conway Bayou aren’t biting, then “squirrel and dumplings” might be on the menu. Today, Glenn and Mitchell are a dying breed.”
Officials will be performing an autopsy later today to find the exact cause of Mitchell’s death.