Austin Russell AKA “Chumlee” of the reality TV show “Pawn Stars” is not dead as was being reported on the internet earlier.
Four days ago, the website “Internet Chronicle” began peddling the story that the 30-year-old Chumlee had died of “marijuana overdose”.
The Internet Chronicle wrote:
According to Dr. Angstrom H. Troubador, “The only possible way he could have died from a marijuana overdose without first clogging his lungs with soot is through the use of vaporizers. Reportedly, Chumlee had rigged up to 90 vaporizers into one tube and had a team of groupies constantly loading them up with the stickiest and most potent of marijuana available on the market.”
However, Chumlee’s slow response to quell the rumors with the standard “the rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated” response began to give the rumor some traction. Even the venerable site MSN seems to have been “punked” by the canard. Finally,
Russell came forward to prove he still lives via social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Russell’s response via Twitter was tongue-in-cheek as he offered up a brief obituary for “Chumlee” whom he referred to as a great man whose absence will be felt. On the site Vine.com, he posted a brief clip of him repeatedly denying that he is dead. The website “Internet Chronicle” has a history of spreading gossip.
Russell merely joins the list of other famous celebrities who have been falsely reported as being dead such as Lil Wayne and Morgan Freeman. The latter even had a Facebook page launched by fans to post their memorials which only underscored their gullibility.
RIP Austin "chumlee" Russell was a great man he will be missed.
— Austin Russell (@chumlee_) June 5, 2013
Chumlee Hoax False, ‘Pawn Stars’ Member Not Dead