Chumlee, who stars on the History Channel’s Pawn Stars, was deemed dead by the Internet in what appears to be the latest viral death hoax.

Chumlee Death Hoax

The rumor was reportedly started by a website called EBuzzd. The site alleged that Chumlee, whose real name is Austin Russell, died of an apparent heart attack at age 31. The website later recanted their story, took it down, and stated their happiness that he was still alive.

Soon enough, though, the rumor of Chumlee’s death went viral, causing fans of the TV personality to offer their condolences. In reponse, Chumlee tweeted, “May we live long, Rich forever.”

Chumlee’s boss at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop and his Pawn Stars costar, Rick Harrison, also took to Twitter on Wednesday, giving a more concrete declaration that the hoax was false. He also added that he is “in the best health of his life!”

Back in January, the notoriously overweight Chumlee shared that he was taking getting healthy seriously after the passing of his father at a relatively young age. “My dad died from pancreatic cancer at 54,” Chumlee told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I’m making sure I’m eating my vegetables and staying away from the red meat.”

– Chelsea Regan

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