Chumlee Dead? Hoax Debunked By Pawn Stars Cast Member

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Despite a hoax circulating on the Internet that Chumlee (a.k.a. Austin Russell) of Pawn Stars fame had died, he took to Twitter to prove otherwise.

"May we live long, Rich forever," he tweeted Wednesday.

The website EBuzzd was one of the first to circulate the hoax via an article Wednesday which spawned a wave of condolences on social media.

The article stated that "Austin Russell, also known as Chumlee, star of History's reality series Pawn Stars, has died from an apparent heart attack."

The website later recanted its report saying,

"We'd like to update our story ... It appears that our sources were incorrect and as fans of Chumlee, we are happy to report that he is alive and well."

Long live Chumlee!

Rick Harrison, his boss and co-star, Tweeted: "Breaking news: CHUMLEE IS ALIVE & WELL! He is actually filming today but we all really appreciate everyone's concern!"

The rumors were fueled by Austin Russell's significant weight loss as of late. According to an earlier tweet by Harrison, Russell has already lost 101 pounds.

He's not dead, though, rather "in the best health of his life!"

Back in January, Russell told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he had lost 75 pounds up to that point and was going to the gym six days a week.

"I'm eating right. Well-balanced diet," he said.   

The 31-year-old Russell told the Review-Journal that the loss of his father to cancer at the age of 54 was also an inspiration for him to slim down.

We're glad he has, and is alive and well.

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