Pawn Stars patriarch Richard Harrison who went by the name Old Man on the reality TV show dies at age 77
- The Navy veteran was the highlight of the History Channel show Pawn Stars
- His son Rock announced the passing saying, 'He will be tremendously missed'
- He added, 'He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool Old Man as my dad'
- It has been claimed the TV stars died after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease
Richard Harrison of Pawn Stars fame has died at the age of 77.
The former navy officer is best known as the wise presence on the History Channel reality TV series which focused on three generations of one family working in a pawn shop located in Las Vegas. He went by the name Old Man.
His son, Rick Harrison, who was also on the TV series, broke the news with a touching statement on Monday morning.
A sad loss for TV: Richard Harrison of Pawn Stars fame has died at the age of 77; here he is seen in 2009
Later TMZ claimed he suffered from Parkinson's Disease.
'The Old Man Harrison passed away this morning surrounded by those he loved,' Rick revealed.
'He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn and his many fans the world over.'
Rick added, 'He was my hero and I was fortunate to get a very cool Old Man as my dad.'
His shop: The former navy officer is best known as the wise presence on the History Channel reality TV series which focused on three generations of one family working in a pawn shop located in Las Vegas
The TV star added, '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.'
He ended with: 'Services are pending and the family appreciates your prayers and kind words.'
He looked up to his dad: His son, Rick Harrison, who was also on the TV series, broke the news with a statement on Monday morning. Seen in 2014
He had savoir faire: 'He will be remembered as the best father, grandfather and great-grandfather,' said Rick; seen in 2014
Richard has been seen less and less over the years on Pawn Stars which has been on the air for nine years.
That is likely because he was fighting Parkinson's Disease, which the late Robin Williams also had.
Richard was often the highlight of the show as he would often be quiet then at just the right moment say exactly what needed to be said.
Early in his life he joined the Navy where he traveled often.
Then in the 1980s he moved to Vegas where he opened the Gold & Silver Pawn store with his son, Rick, on the Las Vegas strip.
They sold everything from gold rings to guns.
Then Hollywood came calling and their first episode of Pawn Stars launched in July 2009.
The cast is what makes the show a success with straightforward no-nonsense Rick and his smart dad by his side.
The cast in 2014: Richard, second from right, with Corey 'Big Hoss' Harrison, Austin 'Chumlee' Russell, and Rick at the opening of Pawn Shop Live!, a parody of Pawn Stars television series, at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas
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