Rick Harrison, the TV celebrity and main character of Pawn Stars, announced on January 23 that his son Adam Harrison died of a fentanyl overdose. In a statement shared with Fox News, Harrison expressed his profound sorrow over the loss of his son. A “more seriously” approach is required, he said, to the fentanyl epidemic that the US has been facing for some years. Additionally, he brought attention to the fact that the US government is doing no action to address the issue, which he described as “flowing over the border” and impacting several families nationwide.
No immediate information was released by the authorities regarding the circumstances surrounding Adam Harrison’s death, which occurred in Las Vegas, Nevada, at a location that is yet unknown. In a statement, Harrison family spokeswoman Laura Herlovich confirmed that 39-year-old Adam Harrison passed away from an overdose, despite speculations and rumors on social media. The substance that he was taking was not specified. Adding to their grief, she said that at this time all they want is “privacy” from the outside world.
Fentanyl is a Schedule II banned narcotic that is almost “100 times” more strong than morphine, according to the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The government organization noted that, depending on the user’s stature, two milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal.
The CDC reports that between 2020 and 2021, there was a 55.6% rise in fatalities caused by synthetic opioid overdoses. The organization made the observation that the rise in drug overdose mortality appears to be mostly caused by illicitly synthesized fentanyl.
Rick and his ex-wife Kim had two children, Adam and Harrison. One of the main characters of Pawn Stars, Corey Harrison, is another son of the couple’s previous marriage. Rick Harrison’s second marriage to Tracy resulted in the birth of a son named Jake. Adam used to work at the shop, although he only had small roles on the TV show.