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Notorious Vegas brothel owner running for office as Republican unexpectedly dies

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada, October 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – “Nevada’s most famous pimp” Dennis Hof, who made waves this summer as a Republican candidate for state legislature, was found dead Tuesday morning at age 72.

Hof had gone to sleep sometime after 2 a.m. at his Love Ranch South, after spending over and hour and a half in his bedroom with one of the girls who worked there, Las Vegas Now reports. He spoke to a staffer before going to sleep, and had been scheduled to appear at the Pahrump Senior Center yesterday morning.

When Hof didn’t come out from his bedroom, porn star Ron Jeremy (who had been staying at the brothel) went to check on him just before 11 a.m. and found the body. "This thing's such a shock, out of nowhere," Jeremy said. "I'm looking at this guy that's been my friend for 25 years on the bed – you know stiff, you know cold, eyes at half mast.”

Nye County investigators have not released any other details. Hof’s cause of death has yet to be determined by the Clark County Coroner's Office.

Hof was a controversial figure, to say the least, thanks to his $50 million Nevada brothel chain that was the subject of the HBO series “Cathouse.” Promotional gambits “ranging from auctioning off actual virgins, to running ‘Get Your Grandpa Laid’ contests on the Howard Stern show, have always kept him in the public eye,” the Bunny Ranch website boasts, “but Hof’s true mission is to advocate for the legalization and regulation of sex work throughout America.”

Dubbing himself the “Trump of Pahrump,” Hof also sought and won a Republican nomination for state assembly this year, beating hospital executive and three-term incumbent Assemblyman James Oscarson to face Democrat Lesia Romanov in November. Hof’s positions were a mixed bag – he championed limited government, expressed pro-life sentiments, and criticized Common Core, but also supported same-sex “marriage’ and let prostitutes at his ranch form a “Hookers 4 Hillary” group in 2016.

State GOP leaders, including US Sen. Dean Heller, outgoing Gov. Brian Sandoval, Attorney General and gubernatorial nominee Adam Laxalt, and attorney general nominee Wes Duncan, had previously disavowed Hof’s campaign and refused to back him in the general election. The Nevada Assembly Republican Caucus refused to endorse him.

Others, such as anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, former Trump adviser Roger Stone, and ex-state legislature and Second Amendment activist Michelle Fiore, supported Hof. State party chair Michael McDonald didn’t explicitly endorse him, but said “we welcome fiscal conservatives such as Mr. Hof who want to join our party.”

Hof faced several setbacks following his victory, including sexual assault allegations by former prostitutes and Nye County officials permanently revoking the license for one of his brothels over health and safety violations.

The deceased pimp's name will still be on the ballot, but if he wins a group of county commissioners will appoint another Republican from the district to the seat, the Reno Gazette Journal explains. Former competitor Oscarson expressed his condolences to Hof’s family and said it was “premature to even think about” possibly being chosen.

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