Larry Flynt, porn mogul, dies

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The porn mogul Larry Flynt, founder of ‘Hustler’ magazine and a self-proclaimed defender of freedom of expression, died Wednesday in Los Angeles at the age of 78, according to US media citing his family.

His brother Jimmy Flynt confirmed the death to the Washington Post, originally announced by TMZ. According to this celebrity site, Larry Flynt died of a heart attack.

Flynt had launched his pornographic magazine ‘Hustler’ in 1974, ‘Playboy’ competitor which he considered “old-fashioned”, with very explicit photos and a deliberately scandalous tone. He then developed his empire with other publications, studios specializing in pornographic films, and websites. In 2000, the businessman even opened a ‘Hustler’ casino in the suburbs of Los Angeles, where he had lived for a long time.

In October 2017, already bedridden in a gold-plated wheelchair due to an assassination attempt in 1978, he even offered, full-page in the Washington Post, 10 million dollars to which they would provide any information leading to the Donald Trump’s impeachment.

It was his “patriotic duty,” said this accustomed to controversy and trials, who had built his reputation and fortune on the basis of provocations.

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