Larry Flynt, the iconic founder of Hustler magazine who built an adult entertainment empire, passed away today at the age of 78, TMZ reported.
According to TMZ, family sources said Flynt died from heart failure.
Flynt founded Hustler in 1974, expanding the brand to include a full video line, high-end retail stores, gentlemen’s clubs and casinos.
He fought several high-profile legal battles during his career.
During a legal battle over obscenity in Georgia in 1978, Flynt and his lawyer in that case, Gene Reeves Jr. were both shot in an ambush near the courthouse. The shooter, Joseph Paul Franklin, a white supremacist and serial killer, confessed to the shootings. Franklin is currently serving a life sentence in prison for unrelated murder charges. As a result of the shooting, Flynt became paralyzed from the waist down.
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