Zach Dilgard/History Channel
05/14/2012 at 02:00 PM EDT
Mitchell Guist, one of the crocodile-hunting stars of The History Channel series Swamp People
, died in Louisiana on Monday.
Authorities confirmed the news to Baton Rouge's WBRZ.com
, adding that the incident occurred around 9 a.m. along the Belle River. CPR was attempted but attempts to resuscitate Guist were not successful.
The cause of death has not been reported.
"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 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."
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ
that Guist fell from his boat, and witnesses report that he appeared to be suffering from a seizure.
According to the Swamp People
website, Guist and his brother "were born and raised on the bayou and live entirely off the land."