Nevada brothel proprietor Dennis Hof, a authorized pimp who gained notoriety for an HBO sequence about his enterprise, has died, Fox Information has realized. He was 72.
“We obtained a 911 dispatch name round 11 a.m. for an unresponsive male and when officers arrived on the scene, the affected person, Dennis Hof, was situated deceased. Foul play shouldn’t be suspected,” the Nye County Sheriff’s Workplace Lieutenant David Boruchowitz informed Fox Information on Tuesday.
He declined to say the place on the property Hof was discovered and stated folks on the enterprise have been being questioned.
Boruchowitz added that autopsies “are often carried out the subsequent day.”
“I do not see any cause why this one can be completely different,” he famous.
The brothel proprietor had not too long ago common himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate for the state Legislature.
Political activist Chuck Muth confirmed the information as properly on Tuesday tweeting: “I simply confirmed with Nye County sheriff’s deputy that Dennis Hof handed away this morning. No different particulars at this level. I’m heading out to Love Ranch Vegas now. Official assertion will come as soon as I study extra.”
Hof, who turned 72 on Sunday, was the Republican candidate this 12 months in a closely GOP state legislative district. Ballots have already been printed within the race and it wasn’t instantly clear how elections officers would deal with Hof’s dying.
Hof owned a handful of brothels in Nevada, the one state that permits them to legally function.
His Love Ranch brothel is the place NBA participant Lamar Odom was discovered unconscious in 2015.
The brothel was briefly shuttered twice this 12 months by regulators who stated Hof had did not renew licenses and get correct permits for renovations.
About 20 brothels function in Nevada, largely in rural areas. The state would not publicize what number of are open, and most homeowners maintain a a lot decrease profile than Hof.
Along with his legislative marketing campaign, Hof confronted a push to outlaw brothels and had issues with native regulators within the two counties the place he runs the licensed bordellos.
Hof had additionally been accused of sexual assault on at the very least 4 events. The Nevada Division of Public Security says it’s investigating an allegation made in September however has launched few particulars.
Hof had denied any wrongdoing.
The flamboyant pimp starred within the HBO grownup actuality sequence “Cathouse” and wrote a ebook titled “The Artwork of the Pimp,” a play on Trump’s ebook “The Artwork of the Deal.”
Hof ran for workplace in 2016 as a Libertarian however misplaced the race.
This 12 months, he ran as a Republican and earned backing from Trump affiliate Roger Stone and tax-cut activist Grover Norquist.
He upended Nevada politics this summer season when he ousted an incumbent Republican lawmaker in a major, celebrating at an election night time social gathering with “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss.
He stated the anti-brothel push and regulatory issues he is confronted this 12 months have been political retribution.
The Related Press contributed to this report.