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'Pawn Stars' Chumlee death hoax: History Channel star debunks rumors

USMagazine, Friday, March 14, 2014, 9:30am (PDT)
  • "Pawn Stars" regular Chumlee is doing just fine, despite an earlier report that the History Channel reality star had actually passed away. Chumlee, whose real name is Austin Russell, debunked rumors of a death hoax via Twitter on March 12.

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    "May we live long, Rich forever," the 31-year-old wrote. His co-star, Rick Harrison, also set the record straight.

    ".@chumlee_ is ALIVE & WELL! He is 101 lbs down & in the best health of his life! Thanks for your concern! He is filming today at GS Pawn," Harrison, 48, wrote. "Breaking news: CHUMLEE IS ALIVE & WELL! He is actually filming today but we all really appreciate everyone's concern!"

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    Chumlee's death hoax quickly spread via social media earlier this week when tabloid site ebuzzd reported he had died from a heart attack due to his recent weight loss. Last month, the site also published a death hoax about actress Betty White, 92.

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    Chumlee has appeared in "Pawn Stars" since its debut in 2009. The series is currently in its eleventh season.

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