Larry Flynt, Hustler magazine editor and First Amendment champion, has died at 78
Porn purveyor Larry Flynt, who built Hustler magazine into an adult entertainment empire while
championing First Amendment rights, died Wednesday.
A statement from Flynt’s public relations manager said, “He passed quietly in his sleep at Cedars-Sinai Medical
Center” Los Angeles with his wife and daughter at his side
Flynt’s nephew said Flynt had been in frail health and died of heart failure.
Flynt scored a surprising U.S. Supreme Court victory over the Reverend Jerry Falwell, who had sued him for
libel after a 1983 Hustler alcohol ad suggested Falwell had lost his virginity to his mother in an outhouse.
Flynt’s company produced not only Hustler but other niche publications. He owned a video production company,
various websites, a Los Angeles-area casino, and 10 Hustler boutiques. He also licensed the Hustler name to
independently owned strip clubs.