Mitchell Guist, star of History Channel show ‘Swamp People' dead
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Mitchell Guist, star of History Channel show ‘Swamp People' dead

Morgan City : LA : USA | May 15, 2012 at 10:33 AM PDT
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'Swamp People' star Mitchell Guist dies

The star of reality television series "Swamp People," Mitchell Guist, 48 died tragically while on a boat in a Louisiana swamp country infected by alligators. Barely four days short of his 49th birthday on May 18th, Guist died yesterday after collapsing on the boat he was in.

The incident occurred on the Intracoastal Waterway near Pierre Part, informed Sheriff Mike Waguespack of Assumption Parish. Guist was on board a boat near Belle River Landing in the southern part of the state.

Sheriff Mike Waguespack citing an unidentified man who was with Guist, said that the reality show star appears to have had a seizure due to which he fell on the boat around 9 a.m. He was transferred to the Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City, where he was pronounced dead.

Earlier locals, who were with the reality show star, towed his boat back to the landing, then called 911. They did their best to revive Guist by performing CPR. WAFB-TV reported that the locals urged for ambulances or a helicopter.

The conversation went like this. 911 Dispatcher asked: "You say he's in cardiac arrest?" Caller: "Yes sir, we're blowing and pumping the guy's chest right now … It looks like he may have had a heart attack."

"Swamp People," regularly aired on The History Channel, is a popular series which chronicles the lives and adventures of alligator hunters in Louisiana's Atchafalaya swamp country.

In a statement the History Channel said "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. 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," added the Channel.

Source: ABC News

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Mitchell Guist, Star of the reality TV show "Swamp People," died on Monday, May 14, 2012 in Louisiana after suffering a seizure and falling on a boat he was in.
Nina Rai is based in Mangaluru, Karnataka, India, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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