Mitchell Guist, one of the more colorful cajuns spotlighted on the History Channel's "Swamp People", has passed away. He was 48. The series, a ratings juggernut for the network, follows participants in Louisiana's annual 30-day alligator hunt. 


While the cause of death is yet unknown, one report says that Guist was cruising along Louisiana's Belle River when he suffered a seizure and "fell" out of his boat. Another says he slipped and fell while loading items onto his vessel. Regardless, attempts to revive Guist were unsuccessful and he was later pronounced dead at a hospital. 


"We are extremely saddened to report that our friend and beloved member of the Swamp People family, Mitchell Guist, has passed away earlier today," a rep for The History Channel said in a statement. "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."


Born and raised on the bayou, Mitchell was one-half of the famous "Guist Brothers". According to the History Channel, he and Glenn lived entirely off the land, "making use of everything nature had to offer." The pair were one of many featured during season two and three of "Swamp People." 


You can check the brothers out in action below. RIP Mitchell. 


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'Swamp People' star Mitchell Guist dead at 48
Reality television cast member reportedly slipped and fell while on a boat in Louisiana's Belle River.