Richard Harrison, known to fans worldwide as “The Old Man” from History hit Pawn Stars, has passed away at the age of 77, his family confirmed Monday (June 25).
The cause of death has not yet been released.
In a posting on Instagram, son Rick Harrison wrote: “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 added. “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.”
History released a statement via Twitter which read: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Richard ‘The Old Man’ Harrison, a beloved member of the History and @pawnstars family. He will be greatly missed for his wisdom and candor. Our thoughts are with the Harrison family during this difficult time.”
Harrison and son Rick opened the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas after the elder Harrison moved to the city after retiring from the Navy.
The Leftfield Pictures-produced series made its debut on History in July 2009. In time, it became History’s most successful series, practically spawning its own genre and often referred to as the most popular unscripted series since Jersey Shore.
ITV America, parent company to Leftfield Pictures, also issued a statement from CEO David George and former CEO and creator of the series, Brent Montgomery, which read: “The world got to know Richard Harrison as ‘Old Man,’ a quiet yet wickedly funny force of nature who was a strong father, a strong businessman and the heart of Pawn Stars. Together, we embarked on an amazing, decade-long journey that bonded us with the Harrison family, created thriving enterprises and, in partnership with History, allowed us to entertain and inform millions around the world. Our ‘Old Man’ was the true hidden treasure, and all of us at ITV America and Leftfield Pictures offer our deepest gratitude and condolences to Rick, Austin and the extended Harrison and ‘Gold and Silver’ family.”