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Dennis Hof , owner of the Moonlite BunnyRanch, a legal brothel near Carson City, Nevada, walks in a courthouse hallway during a break in the trial of Denny Edward Phillips and Russell Lee Hogshooter, in Oklahoma City, Monday, June 13, 2016. Phillips and Hogshooter are charged with six counts of first-degree murder and one count of conspiracy in the deaths of Brooke Phillips, Milagros Barrera, Jennifer Lynn Ermey and Casey Mark Barrientos. The other two murder charges are because Brooke Phillips and Barrerra were pregnant. Brooke Phillips, no relation to Denny Edward Phillips, was a prostitute featured on the HBO series "Cathouse". (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Nevada brothel owner, GOP candidate Dennis Hof dead at 72


LAS VEGAS (KSNV) - Nevada authorities say a legal pimp who gained popularity for an HBO series about his business and a Republican candidate for the state legislature has died.

Nye County Lt. David Boruchowitz said an employee at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch brothel outside Las Vegas summoned authorities a little before 11 a.m. Tuesday, after Hof was found unresponsive and not breathing.

He was 72.

Boruchowitz says there is no sign of foul play.

Hof was the Republican nominee this year for a heavily GOP legislative district. Ballots have already been printed in the race and it wasn’t immediately clear how elections officials would handle Hof’s death.

Hof owned a handful of brothels in Nevada, the only state that allows them to legally operate.

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