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Larry Flynt, Porn Mogul And Hustler Founder, Dies Aged 78

by : Saman Javed on : 11 Feb 2021 07:15
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Larry Flynt Jr, the publisher of Hustler magazine, has died aged 78.

His passing has reportedly been confirmed by his brother, Jimmy, who said he died from heart failure.

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Flynt Jr made his fortune through his namesake publishing company which produced several pornographic magazines and television channels.

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As per BBC News, he died in his sleep at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with his family by his side.

Minda Gowen, the spokeswoman for Larry Flynt Publications, said he died ‘from the recent onset of a sudden illness’.

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In the late 1970s, Flynt was paralysed after being shot outside a courthouse in Georgia, where he was being sued for obscenity.

He famously had his wheelchair gold-plated and lined with velvet.

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During his lifetime, he faced numerous legal battles, even reaching the US Supreme Court.

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In this landmark ruling, the Supreme Court sided with Flynt, finding that a parody advert published in Hustler, which depicted political commentator Jerry Falwell Sr. as an incestuous drunk, was protected speech since he was a public figure.

At the height of his career, his production company made $150 million, while Hustler had a circulation of three million.

Flynt regularly courted controversy and was used to criticism. In 1998, he offered an award of $1 million for anyone who could catch a high-ranking US government official in a sex scandal.

Aside from his ventures in publishing and television, Flynt also ran eight strip clubs throughout Ohio, including those in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo.

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    Hustler founder and free-speech activist Larry Flynt dies aged 78