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'Swamp People' Star

The Emotional Tribute

to Mitchell Guist

5/16/2012 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Swamp People" star Mitchell Guist was testing out a new houseboat he was building at the time of his death ... a dream project he had worked on for months ... and now one of his co-stars has vowed to finish the job as a last tribute to the fallen reality star.

The man behind the promise is Glenn Guist -- Mitchell's bearded brother and best friend -- who is often featured hunting critters with Mitchell on "Swamp People."

Glenn's manager tells TMZ ... he's pretty broken up about the sudden unexpected death of his brother ... but he's doing better then they all expected, considering how close they were.

We're told Glenn knew how passionate Mitchell was about the houseboat project ... and believes completing the project will be the best way to honor his brother's memory.

As we previously reported, Mitchell passed away Monday after apparently suffering a seizure while on the bayou in Louisiana.

A funeral service is set for this week at a local church -- and Glenn's rep say he will begin work on the boat "after everything is taken care of with Mitchell."

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Anonymous    

He looked 70, but was only 47.

709 days ago
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Don    

What good looking Republicans they are

709 days ago
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Aileen (Canada)    

Always watch Swamp People when it comes on. This pair made great viewing. Way out wacky but sweet guys and totally harmless - except to squirells and fish, their diet staples! RIP Mitchell, condolences Glenn!

709 days ago
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Kari    

I hope he rests in peace, and I mean no disrespect, but if Mitchell was only 48 years old, I think the swamps are pretty tough on people. He looks much older.

709 days ago
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Brad     

They look like Aboriginals from Australia for crying out loud.

709 days ago
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no shit..    

this isa sad thing..These 2 guys were so funny and I loved to see them on the show..RIP Mitchell...and Glenn hang in there my friend...I bet thjat house boat will look gret when you are finished with it...Mitchell will be proud of you.. ;)

709 days ago
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OooooNooo!    

"No guts - no gator".

709 days ago
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SusanCoyote    

Was he really a "star" or was he just a swamp person?

709 days ago
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Deana Keefer    

I love watching Swamp People, but when the brothers joined the cast I always looked forward to the scenes when them in it. They are truely what swamp people is all about. They are more swamp than the gators as far as I am concerned.

709 days ago
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DaveT    

Cool. Death is part of life and inevitable, we should mourn and cry and let it out, but then we should move on and get back to life.
What better way to do it than contribute to something the deceased loved, keep them alive in spirit and keep a-goin'.

709 days ago
11.

tigrex13    

wow that swamp really get to ya

708 days ago
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SAM GARVIN    

MY FAVORITE SHOW GOD BLESS YOU MY BROTHER. HE IS LIKE ONE ONE OF MY KIN FOLK MAN IM GONNA MISS HIM. GOD BE WITH YOU ALL SWAMP PEOPLE AND THANK YOU FOR SHARING PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU SAM

708 days ago
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G Woda    

So sorry to hear about Mitchell. We watch Swamp People and always looked forward to seeing those two guys. Never know what they are going to do or what they are going to eat. Our heart goes out to Glenn and his family, Mitchell will be missed. RIP... I think finishing his houseboat is a great idea.

707 days ago
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karenbolen    

mitchell will really be missed but glenn you have to stay on to keep his memory alive you two became part of my family we don,t want to lose both of you. you two were so down to earth thats what made yall special so now you can tell small stories of you two. glenn your brother will really be missed and my prayers are with you.

707 days ago
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sherry    

We will miss Mitch here in Mt.Airy N.C. Mitch,Gleen and Troy is the reason why we watch the show.To the family of Mitch,we are sorry to hear of your loss.May GOD be with each and every one of you.

707 days ago
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