Mitchell Guist looked much older than he actually was. I state that with nothing but admiration. For many, such a statement would be considered an insult, but to this cross-pollinated Louisiana man, it was merely because he had lived, and lived again in his almost-49 years.
Mitchell Guist died on Monday morning after an incident on the water–the very water that he considered home. He was most famous for his interaction, and the hillbilly ingenuity that he shared with his brother Glenn on the History Channel’s hit series, Swamp People.
Mitchell and his boat mates returned to dock early on Monday, where multiple 9-1-1 calls were placed by individuals present. Several individuals did what they could to revive the unresponsive Guist. It was reported that he experienced a “fall” while on his boat, yet no further details were mentioned.
No official cause of death has been released, yet gross speculation surrounding the incident has suggested that Guist had a heart attack. He would have had his 49th birthday this Friday.
Mitchell Guist possessed an eternally youthful spirit, and was just another classic example of why this show is so popular. In my humble opinion, while the alligator hunting is other worldly, crazy and cool, it’s the sense of satisfaction that these individuals derive from a hard day’s work that makes this show so attractive to viewers. There is something uniquely intriguing about the day to day of the “swamp people.” A contentment that just doesn’t seem to exist in the realm of 9 to 5.
Mitchell Guist: His heart was kind, his laugh was infectious and he’ll be greatly missed by his family, and by those of us who consider ourselves “fans.”