Dennis Hof, reality TV star and brothel owner dead at age 72

David Montero-San Diego Union-Tribune


Dennis Hof, the flamboyant pimp, reality television star and Republican nominee who was expected to win a seat in the Nevada Assembly next month, was found dead at his Nye County, Nev., brothel Tuesday morning by a male porn star, authorities said.

He was 72.

It was a startling turn of events coming less than one month before the November election. Hof was poised to be the first brothel owner elected to the Nevada Legislature in the modern era and begin another chapter in his colorful, high-profile life.

“I was really looking forward to seeing what he would stir up in the capital,” campaign manager Chuck Muth said. “It would’ve really been something.”

Hof had celebrated his birthday over the weekend — a two-day affair at his brothel in northern Nevada before heading to Pahrump on Monday for a campaign event. Two controversial figures from the right — former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist — spoke at the event.

Arpaio, who had just arrived in Phoenix on Tuesday afternoon, said he was shocked to find out Hof was dead.

“After I spoke, I said good night to him at his table and went up to my room. That was the last time I saw him,” he said in an interview. “I’ve done thousands of speaking engagements and never had anything like this happen before. It’s very sad.”

Nye County spokesman Arnold Knightly said Hof’s death was announced during the County Commission meeting by Chairman John Koenig, who told the room that Hof “went to sleep last night and didn’t wake up this morning.”

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