“It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the passing of Richard Benjamin Harrison (known as ‘The Old Man’ to ‘Pawn Stars’ fans the world over) this morning,” a statement on the Gold & Silver Pawn shop Facebook page announced Monday. “He was surrounded by loving family this past weekend and went peacefully.”
The statement continues: “The team at Gold & Silver Pawn and the Pawn Stars family is grieving his loss. He will be remembered as the best father, grandfather and great-grandfather you could have by his family and by fans as the sometimes grumpy (always loving, however), often wisecracking, and voice of absolute reason on the History television show ‘Pawn Stars’.”
In less than an hour, the post had been shared 50,000 times.
In a statement to US Weekly, Rick Harrison, 53, called his father Richard Harrison his “hero.”
“That I got to share him with so many others and they got to see what a great family man he was is something I am grateful to have experienced with him. He lived a very full life and through the History television show Pawn Stars touched the lives of people all over teaching them the value of loving your family, hard work and humor. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers and ask that we are provided some privacy at this time,” the statement read.
Pawn Stars is a reality TV series on History, which is filmed in Las Vegas at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop that opened in 1989. The show stars the late Harrison and Rick, along with Rick’s son, Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison, and Corey’s childhood friend, Austin “Chumlee” Russell. “Pawn Stars” premiered in July 2009 and is currently in its 15th season.
Richard Harrison was a Navy veteran and often talked about his military career on the show. The late Harrison provided a lot of the comic relief. Often cantankerous (in a funny way), “The Old Man” wasn’t afraid to bust the chops of his son and others who worked in the shop.
Ref. WYFF, TMZ, Fox News
Photo courtesy of Bing.com