One of the members of the show, Pawn Stars refuted his own obituary which had been making the rounds. Pawn Stars' Chumlee took to Twitter to deny the fake rumor.
It must have been quite a shock for Pawn Stars member, Chumlee to see news of his death everywhere. But he was alive and well! So he took to the social networks and announced his biological validity loud and clear for all to hear.
Chumlee’s actual name in real life is Austin Russell. He had become the target of a viral sick joke according to which he was dead. The news spread by word of mouth not to mention the Internet.
The hoax was so patently false that it even claimed that he had died of cardiac arrest. An article gave the details about how he had died. Now that is lying almost taken to the level of an art form. The article too reached every spot on the Net.
And on Facebook his supposed death provoked more than 140,000 comments. The website eBuzzd (via WebProNews) was responsible for circulating the article. They have been guilty of similar miscreant behavior in the past. And the news spread like wildfire.
The article states, "Austin Russell, also known as Chumlee, star of History's reality series "Pawn Stars," has died from an apparent heart attack, sources confirm to eBuzzd. He was only 31 years old."
Especially the fact that Pawn Stars' Chumlee had recently lost 100 pounds was taken as one of the reasons behind his death. But Chumlee is one clever dude. He simply took to the same old sites that were talking about his demise and dispelled the faux obituary.
Chumlee had received a large cache of tweets from fans. They consisted of condolences regarding his having passed away. Chumlee simply tweeted “May we live long, rich forever”.
May we live long, Rich forever.— Austin Russell (@chumlee_) March 12, 2014
Austin Russell’s Pawn Stars boss and friend Rick Harrison also laid the death rumors to rest by saying a few words of reassurance on his Twitter home page.
Breaking news: CHUMLEE IS ALIVE & WELL! He is actually filming today but we all really appreciate everyone's concern!— Rick Harrison (@GoldSilverPawn) March 12, 2014
Chumlee has previously been the victim of death hoaxes. In fact, just last year he encountered such a troublesome piece of news. The article on eBuzzd goes into so much detail regarding Chumlee’s death that it almost makes one smirk with cynicism at the extent some site would go to spread such false stories.