Brothel owner and Nevada state legislature Republican candidate Dennis Hof died in his sleep at a legal brothel he owned, according to reports from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday.
“Just arrived on-scene at Love Ranch Vegas,” Hof’s political consultant Chuck Muth posted on Twitter Tuesday. “Dennis died quietly in his sleep. Ron Jeremy found him this morning when he went to wake him to go to a meeting in Pahrump. Investigation still going on.”
Just arrived on-scene at Love Ranch Vegas. Dennis died quietly in his sleep. Ron Jeremy found him this morning when he went to wake him to go to a meeting in Pahrump. Investigation still going on.
— Chuck Muth (@ChuckMuth) October 16, 2018
Hof, 72, was “located deceased” at the Love Ranch Vegas in Crystal, Nevada, and authorities are “on scene and conducting an investigation,” the sheriff’s office posted on Twitter earlier Tuesday.
Public Release — Dennis Hof located deceased at the Love Ranch in Crystal NV. Detectives and Deputies are on scene and conducting an investigation. No further information is being released at this time. https://t.co/F1V5rpR33v
— Nye County Sheriff (@NyeSheriff) October 16, 2018
Hof “went to sleep last night and didn’t wake up,” said Nye County Commissioner John Koenig according to the Reno Gazette Journal. Hof’s exact cause of death is unknown.
Muth told The Reno Gazette Journal about Hof’s final night.
“We had a wonderful event last night. He was having the time of his life last night. Grover Norquist was there,” Muth said according to The Reno Gazette Journal. “Ron Jeremy was there. He was given a rescue dog as a birthday present. He was having the time of his life.”
Hof’s name will be on the ballot in November, but voters will be notified of his death by signs at polling places in the “heavily Republican” district, reported the Reno Gazette Journal. If he wins, county leaders from within the district will appoint “a fellow Republican who resides in the district,” according to the Reno Gazette Journal.
Three of Hof’s Nevada brothels were found to have “immigration violations and indications of possible human trafficking” in early October after a four-month investigation, reported The New York Daily News. Hof had also been accused of sexual assault multiple times, including one instance that allegedly took place in September.
Hof’s campaign called the 2018 accusations “politically motivated” Sept. 6.
Hof beat three-term incumbent James Oscarson by seven percentage points for the Republican nomination to Nevada’s District 36 in the state legislature on June 12. He would have faced Democratic opponent Lesia Romanov in the Nov. 6 general election.
Hof rode the “Trump train” to his primary win, which was also made possible by a surprising amount of evangelical support, he told The Hill in July. (RELATED: Facebook Will Take Down Posts With Voting Misinformation So No One Thinks They Can Vote By Text Message)
Hof was also known for starring in the HBO reality series “Cathouse” that focused on workers his Nevada brothels, reported LasVegasNOW.
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