According to a report from TMZ, the circumstances surrounding Harrison’s death at 77 remain unclear, but his son Rick had the following to say on the subject:
”The Old Man’ Harrison passed away this morning surrounded by those he loved … He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn and his many fans the world over … He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool ‘Old Man’ as my dad.”
Harrison was one of the most-popular members of Pawn Stars back when it first premiered in 2009, but his appearances were a little more sporadic in recent years around the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. At its peak, this was a series churning out forty or fifty episodes a season, which is an incredible amount of work, but one justified by the ratings that the show brought in for History. Pawn Stars is a series that really helped to put the network on the map when it comes to original programming, something that they’ve expanded outward into even a scripted direction with shows like Vikings and Knightfall.
In a statement, a rep for the network had the following to say to the aforementioned website:
“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. He will be greatly missed for his wisdom and candor.”
The network also shared the post below via Twitter honoring Harrison.
Pawn Stars last aired new episodes at the end of 2017. Back in 2015, son Rick Harrison told CBS News he expected to do the series for another couple of years but eventually, he wanted to slow down — also, the show continues to be enormously successful. A show like Pawn Stars can dramatically change the life of any business featured on it.
Our thoughts go out to the entire Harrison family during what has to be an extremely difficult time for them. (Photo: History.)