'Swamp People' star dies on Louisiana river

May 14, 2012 at 4:15 PM ET

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Mitchell Guist, who rose to national attention as one-half of the grizzled, alligator-hunting Guist Brothers on History's popular reality show, "Swamp People," has died, Louisiana police have confirmed.

According to a statement made by Sheriff Mike Waguespack to WBRZ-TV Baton Rouge, the incident occurred about 9 a.m. Monday. Guist was cruising along the Belle River when he reportedly "fell" in his boat after having suffered what appeared to be a seizure. Attempts at reviving Guist through CPR were unsuccessful.

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A representative from The History Channel offered this statement on Guist's passing:

"We are extremely saddened to report that our friend and beloved member of the Swamp People family, Mitchell Guist, has passed away earlier today," the statement reads. "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."

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The fun-loving Guist brothers were among "Swamp People's" most popular subjects and were happy to relate their adventures of alligator hunting, fishing for gar, tracking rabbits or just getting buzzed on beers and sunshine.

Watch them in action in the video below.


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