Richard “Old Man” Harrison passed away today, June 25, 2018. He was famous for being an owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn shop in Las Vegas, NV and being on the popular show “Pawn Stars.”
He was known by his family and on the show as simply “Old Man” and was loved by many in the shop and by fans around the world.
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.
Harrison and his son Rick opened the Gold & Silver Pawn shop together in 1989. “Pawn Stars” debuted in July 2009 and became an instant success. It still runs today and is on its 15th season.
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“Old Man” often stated that his role on the show was to be an old grump and fans often found his commentary hilarious.
Within weeks of the series debut, “Pawn Stars” was the highest rated reality show on the History Channel and the highest rated reality show behind “Jersey Shore.” The Gold & Silver Pawn shop customer base increased steadily after the show became popular and is now one of the top destinations to visit in Vegas. By 2012, about 5,000 people visited the store each day.
Harrison’s cause of death is currently unclear, however, he hasn’t been seen on the show very often in the last several seasons. It was mentioned in an episode last year that he had retired.
Harrison was also a Navy veteran and his military career was often discussed on the show. We thank him for his service.
We give our greatest condolences to Harrison’s family and all those who knew him. He is survived by his spouse Joanne Rhue and his children Joe, Rick, and Chris. He is also survived by his grandson, Corey, who also works in the shop and stars on the show.
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