Pawn Stars patriarch, known to many as “Old Man,” has passed away.
Okay, this may be a bit of a stretch from the personalities you’re used to seeing on here.
But for those of you who enjoy the thrill of identifying fakes from real treasures, coming up with price estimates, and literally screaming when the seller passes up on a good offer from the pawn shop, then you know how deeply affected we are with the passing of Richard Benjamin Harrison, a.k.a Old Man, who fans know as the stern yet subtly hilarious, knowledgeable, and always dapperly dressed father and sometimes history tidbit go-to of Rick Harrison, who owns the Gold & Silver Pawn in Las Vegas where the show Pawn Stars revolves around.
His death was confirmed Monday through a statement by son Rick.
“It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the passing of Richard Benjamin Harrison (known as ‘The Old Man’ to Pawn Stars fans the world over) this morning,” the statement begins.
“He was surrounded by loving family this past weekend and went peacefully. The team at Gold & Silver Pawn and the Pawn Stars family is grieving his loss. He will be remembered as the best father, grandfather and great-grandfather you could have by his family and by fans as the sometimes grumpy (always loving, however), often wisecracking, and voice of absolute reason on the History television show Pawn Stars. Services are pending and the family appreciates your prayers and kind words.”
Rick Harrison also posted on his Instagram that Old Man was his ‘hero’ and that despite the wisecracks and taunts on the show, the older Harrison was a great family man, and that he lived a full life.
The younger Harrison also revealed that the Old Man had lost “his long battle” with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative neuromuscular disorder that affects motor skills like balancing, walking, and even swallowing.
A post shared by Rick Harrison on his Instagram.
Our deepest sympathies to the family and the team at Pawn Stars.