‘Pawn Shop’ Richard Harrison Dies, History Channel Responds

Richard Harrison, known as “The Old Man”, died Monday Morning after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. According to his son, Rick Harrison, the “Pawn Stars” member was “surrounded by those he loved” at the time of his death.

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Though an Instagram post, Harrison comments,

“He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool “Old Man” as my dad. He lived a very full life and through the History television shown ‘Pawn Stars’ touched the lives of people all over, teaching them the value of loving your family, hard work and humor.”

“Pawn Stars” has been one of the most popular American reality TV shows since it’s debut in 2009, following the action side of the family’s business in Las Vegas, Nevada. The World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is known for its used goods of all kinds with an exquisite vibe due to the TV exposure throughout the years.

The Show includes Richard himself, and co-stars his son Rick Harrison, Rick’s son Corey Harrison, and Corey’s childhood friend Austin Russell. After it’s debut it became the network’s highest rated show and No.2 reality show behind Jersey Shore.

In memory of the late Richard Benjamin Harrison, the pawn shop’s website changed their feature photo of the 77-year-old outside the store. The reality starts also set up a shrine in his name, including items such as Harrison’s signature chair, mug and life-size cut out.


The History Channel reached out their condolences for the great family man through Twitter stating, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Richard ‘The Old Man’ Harrison, a beloved member of the HISTORY and @Pawnstars family.”

Details on Harrison’s services have not yet been released.

Read More: Long before the TV show, a legendary comedian visited the shop on “Pawn Stars” for a weird night

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