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Austin Russell Death Hoax: 'Chumlee' of 'Pawn Stars' Alive and Well

Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 11:38 AM

By Alexandra Ward

A death hoax this week made Austin Russell, a regular on the hit History Channel show "Pawn Stars," the latest celebrity to be killed off by rumors.

Twitter mourned the loss of the 31-year-old, who goes by the nickname "Chumlee," this week after gossip site eBuzzd reported on his death.

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"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," the fake news article read. "The news comes as a shock considering Chumlee's [sic] had just recently altered his lifestyle habits, and lost 75 pounds in a year by exercising at a gym six days a week and improving his diet, including drinking more juice, eating more vegetables, and abstaining from red meat."

Fans of the show immediately took to Twitter to say goodbye to Russell.

But the death report was a hoax, which other "Pawn Stars" cast members quickly dispelled on social media.

Russell himself also took to Twitter but didn't address the death hoax reports directly.

Russell underwent a total transformation this past year, losing 101 pounds in an effort to live a healthier lifestyle.

"I’m going to the gym six days a week. I’m eating right. Well-balanced diet. I drink a juice smoothie every morning," he told ABC News in January. "My dad died from pancreatic cancer at 54 ... I’m making sure I’m eating my vegetables and staying away from the red meat."

"Pawn Stars" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST on the History Channel.

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