Swamp People’s Mitchell Guist dies in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana

Mitchell Guist of Swamp People's Guist Brothers

Swamp People star Mitchell Guist died this morning. Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack tells WBRZ the incident occurred around 9 a.m. in St. Martin Parish along the Belle River. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ “someone tried to perform CPR on Guist … but attempts to resuscitate the reality star were unsuccessful.” Friends close to Guist tell the site he had recently fallen ill, but there are no further details at this time.

UPDATE – According to law enforcement sources for TMZ, “Mitchell was out in his boat along the Belle River … when he ‘fell.’ Witnesses say he appeared to have been suffering from a seizure.

We’re told another person on the boat returned the vessel to the dock and called 911. Emergency personnel responded to the scene and transported Mitchell to a nearby hospital … but it was too late.”

Mitchell Guist was half of the infamous Guist Brothers tandem that included brother Glenn Guist. (Read our Guist brothers profile post here) The duo were unique to the show because, unlike all the other major cast members, the Guist brothers aren’t really alligator hunters. As a matter of fact, it could be argued they are the reason the show is called Swamp People instead of Alligator Men or something along those lines, because all of their segments are about living in and off of the swamp.

Here’s a funny video intro to the duo where they talk about themselves and a couple of their seemingly innumerable misadventures in the swamp:

Glenn and Mitchell Guist were good spirited, not spectacularly groomed, and always wiley as they invited us along for things most of us consider mundane tasks, such as getting lunch. For the Guist brothers, getting lunch involves gathering worms, setting hooks, pulling in alligator gar, lighting a fire…

Guist brothers Glenn Guist and Mitchell Guist from Swamp People

Mitchell Guist (seen on the right in the photo above with brother Glenn) was much loved by fans of the show, fans that account for more than 5 million viewers per episode, which doesn’t even include the repeats and marathons. We here are starcasm are huge fans as well and are greatly saddened to hear of Mitchell’s passing. We wish his family, especially brother Glenn Guist, the best.

Rest in peace Mitchell.

UPDATE – Click here to watch a video from local news station WBRZ in which Guist family and friends remember Mitchell.



  • coco

    Dang. Sure hate to hear this. I love those two. May Mitchell rest in peace

  • peggy kasper

    rest in peace mitchell
    glenn may God be your partner and brother when all this is said and done and you go home and the quiet time happens just stop and listen, you will hear that funny laugh that is spread all over the land and waters. give thanks for all the days you had your brother and just listen mitchell is there. just listen.

  • mzm

    RIP Mitchell, this made me cry i love the relatiosnhip they have together and his brother is in our hearts and prayers! This is just devistating. i watch every episode they are in. keep your head up Glenn and dont stop fishing your brother would want you to carry on and laugh and smile and be happy!

  • melinda poletsky

    mitchell rest in peace in the swamp in the sky you will be dearly missed and glen you will be in my prayer threw this hard time

  • Golightly J.A. Warren

    May you live forever in the hearts you touched …real people are scarce these days, regardless of where you live. I consider myself fortunate to have known many real people with honest simple values in my life & wouldn’t trade it for all the money in Ft Knox.Some things money cannot buy, great memories,good times,good friends & the love of an animal…..rest easy Mitchell you were one of the good ones.