The star of an HBO series about a legal Nevada brothel has been found dead. The AP reports that Dennis Hof, the owner of the Moonlite BunnyRanch featured on HBO’s “Cathouse” series, was found dead today at Hof’s Love Ranch brothel.
“An employee at Hof’s Love Ranch brothel about an hour outside of Las Vegas summoned authorities a little before 11 a.m. Tuesday after Hof was found unresponsive and not breathing, said Nye County Sheriff Lt. David Boruchowitz,” the AP reports. “He declined to say where on the property Hof was found, and said people at the business were being questioned.”
Boruchowitz also said: “Preliminarily, there is no indication of foul play.”
Hof, who turned 72 on Sunday, had recently “fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate for the state Legislature,” the report notes. He was reportedly the Republican candidate this year in a heavily GOP state legislative district.
“He had been celebrating his birthday at a hotel in the rural city of Pahrump that Hof had said would be attended by porn star Ron Jeremy, rapper and reality television star Flavor Flav and Joe Arpaio, the former six-term sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix,” the AP reports, adding: “It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday if they all attended, but Arpaio confirmed he had been at the party Monday night and was astounded to hear of Hof’s death.”
Hof’s Moonlite BunnyRanch was featured on the HBO “America Undercover” specials “Cathouse” (2002) and “Cathouse 2: Back in the Saddle” (2003), leading to “Cathouse: The Series,” which ran for two seasons in 2005 and 2007.