“Pawn Stars” fans were shocked when Richard Harrison died in 2018. Rick Harrison announced his 77-year-old father’s death on Instagram. “He will be tremendously missed by our family, the team at Gold & Silver Pawn, and his many fans the world over,” the grieving son wrote. “He was my hero, and I was fortunate to get a very cool ‘Old Man’ as my dad.”
Another shocking revelation followed in a second Instagram post that Rick shared later in the day. Alongside an old black and white photo of his father as a young man, smiling, in his Navy uniform, Rick revealed that Richard had “lost his long battle with Parkinson’s this morning.” The “Pawn Stars” patriarch had chosen to keep his diagnosis of the neurological condition private. Still, the most shocking revelation of them all was yet to come.
When he died, Richard Harrison was a wealthy man. He had ensured that all his affairs were in order before passing. In his will, Harrison listed his wife, JoAnne, and sons, Rick, Christopher, and Joseph, as his heirs. However, as per The Blast, in 2017, Harrison amended his will to exclude his youngest son — but included no explanation or reason for the decision. “I would like to express my love and affection for Christopher Keith Harrison,” the updated document states, “however, for purposes of this Will, I have intentionally and with full knowledge failed to provide for him and his issue.”