Pawn Stars “Old Man” Richard Harrison dead at 77
Richard Benjamin Harrison a.k.a. The Old Man from Pawn Stars apparently made the headlines following a death hoax. After disappearing from the show, many of his fans seemed to have raised their concern about the news. So, what exactly happened to The Old Man from Pawn Stars? Here’s everything you need to know about his The Old Man’s death allegations!
What happened to The Old Man, Richard Harrison?
Richard Harrison broke through the internet with a speculated death rumor. The reports stated that The Old Man from Pawn Stars supposedly died in June of 2016. The hoax which started from a Facebook Page named RIP ‘Old Man’ Harrison, soon went viral around the social media and left his fans shocked and concerned.
But the speculations soon came to an end after a debunking website called Snopes explained that the news was nothing but an utter hoax. To the relief of his fans and family, Richard is still alive and well. So far, neither History Channel nor his son, Rick Harrison has made any confirmation or comments on The Old Man’s death rumors.
Where is Richard Harrison now?
After Richard Harrison’s death allegation surfaced around the social media, many have wondered about his whereabouts. He retired from the History Channel’s highly rated show, Pawn Stars, after suffering a stroke. Since his retirement from the show, Richard has been fairly away from the media’s attention.
Even though Richard has not been around media’s surveillance for quite a while now, he is still one of the most loved characters in the Pawn Stars. In August 2017, History Channel dedicated a video to The Old Man featuring some of the most memorable moments with him. Despite a hiatus from the TV career, Richard Harrison is estimated to have an impressive net worth of $8 million.
Richard Benjamin Harrison is a businessman and reality TV personality, best known as the “Old Man” in the History’s reality series, ‘Pawn Stars.’
He and his son, Rick Harrison co-own the world famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, which is featured on the show.
Richard Benjamin Harrison, Jr. was born on March 4, 1941, in Danville, Virginia, U.S.
He was a year old when his family relocated to Lexington, North Carolina, where they
resided at 115 Peacock Avenue.
He attended Lexington High School but left during his junior year because his family couldn’t afford his studies.
To support his family’s economy, he drove a school bus at the age of 14. He would get five or six dollars a week for the job.
Richard was once arrested for stealing a car, and the judge asked him to choose between going to prison and joining the military. He chose the latter.
Around the same time, he met his future wife, JoAnne Rhue (a country judge, Joseph Rhue’s daughter) and fell in love with her.
They got married in 1960 and welcomed their first child Sherry. Sherry was born with Down syndrome.
Richard left the Navy in 1962 but re-enlisted 14 months later to obtain the health care benefits necessary for Sherry’s treatment, but she died at 6.
Ultimately, he served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, including his stints as a paymaster, and attaining the rank of Petty Officer, first class.
While he continued to serve in the Navy, his wife obtained her real estate license in 1970 and opened her office in 1973.
After retiring from the Navy, he worked part-time at his wife’s office until their business collapsed due to declining real estate sales in 1981.
In April, with just $5,000, he and his wife with their three sons, Joseph, Rick and Chris moved to Las Vegas.
Then, he and son, Rick opened Gold & Silver Coin Shop at 1501 Las Vegas Boulevard and obtained a license to trade second-hand goods in 1987.
In 1989, the father-son duo founded the world famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop at 713 Las Vegas Boulevard South.
Since July 19, 2009, Richard, Rick, his grandson Corey Harrison (Big Hoss) and Corey’s childhood friend, Austin “Chumlee” Russell have been featured in ‘Pawn Stars.’
With the show’s quick popularity, customers at the Gold and Silver Pawn increased from 70 to 700 a day.
May 12, 2012, was declared Richard Harrison’s day when he was awarded a key to the city of Lexington by Lexington Mayor Clark Newell.
His death hoax surfaced after a Facebook page called RIP ‘Old Man’ Harrison was created on 26 June 2016.
Despite the Facebook page’s repeated assertion that the Old Man has passed away, he is still alive and well.
However, neither History Channel nor any of the Pawn Stars cast members have made any comments regarding his death allegations.
Reportedly, he owns a net worth of $8 million (as of 2017).