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Rabu, 10 Februari 2021

Hustler founder Larry Flynt dead at 78 - NEWS.com.au

Controversial Hustler magazine founder Larry Flynt has died aged 78.

The “King of smut” built a porn empire amid frequent legal battles and clashes with America’s religious right, with his rise to infamy portrayed by Woody Harrelson in the Oscar-nominated 1996 film, The People vs. Larry Flynt.

Flynt, who was paralysed from the waist down after a murder attempt in 1978, died on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles from heart failure, TMZ reports.

Flynt launched Hustler magazine in 1974, with the magazine’s explicit content and his own showboating style launching him to instant notoriety.

That public attention led to him led to him being shot in a 1978 attack by serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, which left him confined to a wheelchair and battling a litany of lifelong medical issues. Falwell did not confess to the attempted murder until years later, explaining that he had been driven to the attack because of an interracial porn shoot published in Hustler.

From humble beginnings, Flynt turned Hustler into one of the biggest brands in adult entertainment, adding websites, casinos, a TV network and a licensing division to create an empire at one stage valued at around $US500 million.

Flynt retained his outspoken style in recent years, in 2017 taking out a full-page ad in The Washington Post offering “up to $10 million” to anyone who could produce information that would lead to US President Donald Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.

In 2015 he slammed rival adult magazine publisher Hugh Hefner for his decision to drop nudes from Playboy - saying Hefner had “lost his mind.”

“How can you take the most important feature of your magazine and drop it? What it became notorious for,” he said.

Fans are today paying tribute to the porn mogul and free speech pioneer:

Flynt is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Berrios, and four children.

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