Successful publisher Larry Flynt passed away from heart failure Wednesday morning in Los Angeles.
Flynt became one of the biggest names in adult entertainment after launching Hustler magazine in 1974. Despite the popularity of Hustler, Flynt faced many legal issues as a result of the magazine. The Oscar-nominated film, The People vs. Larry Flynt, chronicled Flynt’s First Amendment battles.
He also attempted a presidential run in 1984 before running for Governor of California in 2003.
Flynt was also the president of Larry Flynt Publications, which produces multiple publications, pornographic videos, and Hustler TV. He also opened the Hustler Casino in 2000.
In 1978, Larry Flynt became paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot by serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin. The publisher was confined to a wheelchair and suffered various medical issues as a result of the attempted murder.
Flynt is survived by his six children and fifth wife, Elizabeth Berrios, who he married in 1998. He also had multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Larry Flynt was 78 at the time of his death.