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'The Old Man' from 'Pawn Stars', Richard Harrison, dies at the age of 77

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LAS VEGAS, NV - Richard Benjamin Harrison, known as "The Old Man" on The History Channel's "Pawn Stars" passed away Monday morning at the age of 77. 

A cause is not known at this time, but Harrison's son, Rick, said he was "surrounded by loving family this past weekend and went peacefully." 

In a statement on Instagram Rick Harrison said his dad "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's grandson, Corey, also issued a statement. 

"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."

Harrison opened the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in 1988 in Las Vegas and in 2009 played in integral role in the success of "Pawn Stars" on The History Channel, which has been on the air now for 15 seasons. 

Harrison is survived by his wife Joanne and their three sons, Joseph, Rick and Chris.