Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof dies at 72

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) Cami Parker, Dennis Hof, and Heidi Fleiss visit SiriusXM Studio on November 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada brothel owner, TV show star and candidate for the Las Vegas state legislature, Dennis Hof, has died, according to his campaign manager. He was 72. 

Nye County officials have also confirmed the death, according to 8News Sister Station KLAS in Las Vegas.

Campaign manager Chuck Muth announced the death Tuesday morning. He says Hof passed away at his Love Ranch South brothel. 

He was known nationwide for his role in the HBO series “Cathouse,” which documented the lives of the workers in his half-a-dozen Nevada brothels.

His brothel empire started with his purchase of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in 1992. He was well-known for his proposing that the brothels be taxed by the state. Nye County officials had recently closed the Love Ranch South brothel which was reopened after a win in court.

Hof recently ran a successful campaign in the primary election for Assembly District 36. He was facing Democrat Lisa Romanov in the November general election.

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