Richard Harrison, also known as The Old Man and the head of the Pawn Stars family, died at 77 this weekend, his family announced Monday.
Harrison, a Navy veteran, first opened his famous pawn shop in the late ’80s with a $10,000 investment and used his uncanny knack for valuation to turn that into a multi-million dollar business whose day-to-day operations are now immortalized in Pawn Stars, according to Harrison’s biography on History’s website. Harrison died after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Harrison’s son Rick Harrison and grandson Corey Harrison both posted heartfelt messages about the passing of their family patriarch on Instagram Monday, announcing his passing and recounting how lucky they were to have him in their lives.
Richard Benjamin ‘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. 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.
I was lucky enough to spend 15 years of my life working with the old man. He wasn’t just a grandfather, he was truly a best friend as well. I’m truly blessed to have had him as a mentor. He will be missed everyday at this time we thank you for all of the kind words and we ask for privacy as we mourn his passing.
Rick Harrison’s Gold & Silver Pawn Shop also posted a tribute to Harrison on Facebook, noting that “he was surrounded by loving family this past weekend and went peacefully.”
Pawn Stars became an instant hit when it first aired in 2009, featuring Harrison and his family (and a few others) as they run the pawn shop and run into all sorts of people and the things they are trying to sell.
Harrison is known to viewers for his words of wisdom, his jokes, and his in-depth knowledge of all kinds of things that people want to sell.
If you enjoyed our content, we'd really appreciate some "love" with a share or two.
And ... Don't forget to have fun!