Carl “Carlos” Deals – who worked at Royal Pawn Shop in the Loop and appeared on the store’s Tru TV reality show “Hardcore Pawn: Chicago” – died Monday. Deals was 48.
According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, Deals was pronounced dead at 4:10 p.m. at the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The spokesman for the office said Deals of the 700 block of East 100th Place in Chicago was found unresponsive at his home. There were no signs of trauma but an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, according to the office.
Chicago Police Spokesman Thomas Sweeney said police were called by family who found him unresponsive at his home Monday at 10:30 a.m. Police are conducting a death investigation.
“He worked all day Saturday and didn’t look tired,” said Randy Cohen, who co-owns Royal Pawn Shop and co-starred in the short-lived “Hardcore Pawn: Chicago” with his brother Wayne. “He seemed fine.”
Cohen said Deals worked at Royal Pawn Shop for more than a decade. He said Deals worked security at a neighboring hotel before he offered him a job at his store.
In March, two Royal Pawn Shop employees, Jeremy Jackson and Karl Bell, were arrested for stealing from Royal Pawn Shop, according to TMZ.
“Carlos was honest,” Cohen said, in reference to the ex-employees. “There was no better guy than Carlos. As big as he was, that’s as big of a heart Carlos had. He was like family. He had your back. I miss him already.”
Tribune reporter Carlos Sadovi contributed to this report
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