Chumlee is alive and well, despite the latest death hoax claiming the star is dead. Many fans of the hit television show “Pawn Stars” are wondering what happened to the 30-year-old reality-TV personality whose real name is Austin Russell after a bogus article claimed he died because of a marijuana overdose. The answer, thankfully, is nothing. He’s just a victim of another vicious Internet rumor.
Chumlee, who apparently got his nickname due to his large stature, eventually took to Twitter to discredit the rumor himself. But, on June 5, he actually helped perpetuate it for a while:
RIP Austin "chumlee" Russell was a great man he will be missed.
— Austin Russell (@chumlee_) June 5, 2013
One Twitter user alleged he died from wasps in comments under the tweet.
A few hours later, Chumlee dismantled the rumor:
I am Alive and kicking some times you can't believe the hype
— Austin Russell (@chumlee_) June 6, 2013
Even though Chumlee shot down the rumor a few days ago, the death hoax centered on him is still circulating online. On Saturday, he posted a Vine video in which he screamed, “I’m alive” over and over again in a loop. In the accompanying tweet, he added the hashtags: #not #dead #chumlee.
The Internet Chronicle originally planted the rumor in mid-May, according to the Inquisitr, saying he died from a marijuana overdose and was found by friend Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison, who also stars on the reality-TV show.
The fake article even included a false quote by Rick “The Spotter” Harrison of “Pawn Stars.”: “To die like that, it’s just a shame. It’s just a shame to lose such a fun guy as Chum. Rest in peace, buddy.”
The author of the fake story, knowing many people would doubt it, even tried to provide an explanation as to how Chumlee could have died from a marijuana overdose. The Internet Chronicle quoted Dr. Angstrom H. Troubador, “[Chumlee was] rigged up to 90 vaporizers [filled] with the stickiest and most potent of marijuana available on the market.”
For those who are still unsure of Chumlee’s mortality, check out his video below: