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Pornographer Larry Flint dead at 78

LOS ANGELES — Larry Flint, one of the world’s most famous pornographers, has died.

According to multiple reports, the Hustler founder died from heart failure Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 78.

Flint founded Huslter in 1974, quickly building an empire around the magazine largely because it was the most graphic mainstream publication at the time. His legal battles associated with the magazine were chronicled in the 1996 film, “The People vs. Larry Flint,” starring Woddy Harrelson.

Flint also made headlines in 1978 when he was shot by serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin. The publisher survived but was left paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair.

Other Flint ventures included pornographic websites and magazines like “Barely Legal.” He also owned the Hustler Casino in Los Angeles. Flint amassed an estimated net worth of $500 million.

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