Nevada brothel owner running for state legislature dies at 72

A Nevada brothel owner who was running for a seat in the state’s legislature died Tuesday at the age of 72, according to his campaign manager.


Dennis Hof, who was running as a Republican in November’s race for a seat representing Nevada’s Assembly District 36, died Tuesday morning. No further details about his death were immediately available, and CBS affiliate reports that Nye County officials have yet to confirm his death.

“I just confirmed with Nye County sheriff’s deputy that Dennis Hof passed away this morning. No other details at this point. I’m heading out to Love Ranch Vegas now. Official statement will come once I learn more,” tweeted his campaign manager Chuck Muth on Tuesday.

Hof, the former star of HBO’s “Cathouse,” won his party’s primary earlier this year, beating incumbent Assemblyman James Oscarson (R) in the June GOP primary. He was set to face Democrat Lesia Romanov for the seat in November.

The businessman previously lost a 2016 Libertarian Party bid for the seat against Oscarson, taking just under 40 percent of the vote while no Democrat ran in the general election.

Despite Nevada’s support for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE (D) in 2016, the district is solidly red. Nye county went for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in 2016, with 68 percent of voters in the county supporting his bid.

Hof was best known for owning seven legally-run brothels in the state of Nevada, and for publicly advocating that such establishments be regulated and taxed by the state’s government.

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