‘Pawn Stars’ icon turned thousands to millions
Richard Harrison, the patriarch of the History Channel’s reality show, ‘Pawn Stars,’ dies after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Richard Harrison, who was referred to “The Old Man” on the television series “Pawn Stars,” has died. Harrison’s son and co-star for the History channel series, Rick Harrison, made the announcement to more than 245,000 Instagram followers on Monday, attributing his father’s death to Parkinson’s.
In a statement obtained by USA TODAY, the History channel also mourned the TV star.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Richard ‘The Old Man’ Harrison, a beloved member of the HISTORY and ‘Pawn Stars’ family,” the statement reads. “He will be greatly missed for his wisdom and candor. Our thoughts are with the Harrison family during this difficult time.”
“Pawn Stars” debuted in 2009 and documented the day-to-day happenings of the family-run Nevada store. Harrison’s grandson, Corey Harrison, and his friend, Austin Lee Russell, known as “Chumlee,” are also cast members.
Rick also shared how his father impacted him personally.
“He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool ‘Old Man’ as my dad,” he continued. “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.