Infamous pornography publisher Larry Flynt has passed away at age 78.
Per a statement from his public relations manager, Flynt, the president of Larry Flynt Publications (LFP), died Wednesday in Los Angeles.
“He passed quietly in his sleep at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center,” the statement read, adding that Flynt’s wife and daughter were by his side.
According to CBS News, Flynt’s nephew said the publisher had been in frail health and died of heart failure.
Born in Lakeville, Magoffin County, Kentucky, on November 1, 1942, Flynt joined the United States Army at age 15 using a counterfeit birth certificate. After being honorably discharged, Flynt worked at the Inland Manufacturing Company in Indiana, and then enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1960. He was honorably discharged from the navy four years later.
Flynt eventually opened a bar in Dayton, Ohio, called the Hustler Club, featuring nude hostess dancers.
With help from his brother Jimmy and later his then-girlfriend Althea Leasure, Flynt opened clubs in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Toledo, Ohio.
In January 1972, Flynt created the Hustler Newsletter, a two-page black-and-white publication about his clubs. The newsletter grew in both popularity and length, and in July 1974, Flynt published the first issue of Hustler.
Years later, in 1978, Flynt was shot by a sniper, leaving him partially paralyzed with permanent spinal cord damage, and in need of a wheelchair.
The next decade, Flynt famously won a libel suit against Reverend Jerry Falwell after Hustler featured an ad parody that suggested Falwell’s first sexual encounter was with his mother in an outhouse.
The legal battle was documented in the 1996 film “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” starring Woody Harrelson, who played Flynt.
Flynt was married five times and had five daughters and a son, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Sadly, daughter Lisa Flynt-Fugate died in a car crash October 2014 at age 47.
Our condolences go out to Larry’s family and loved ones for their loss.