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Brothel Owner and ‘Cathouse’ Star Dennis Hof Wins Nevada Assembly Seat Despite His Death Last Month

Brothel owner had groomed himself as a Trump-style Republican in heavily conservative district

Dennis Hof, the Nevada brothel owner and star of the HBO reality series “Cathouse,” easily won a seat to the state’s legislature on Tuesday — despite the fact that he died last month at age 72.

According to CNN’s Bill Weir, Hof claimed nearly 70 percent of the vote in the heavily Republican district that was home to Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch, the legal brothel that gained notoriety when former NBA star Lamar Odom was found unconscious there in 2015.

Local Republicans had urged voters in Nevada’s 36th Assembly District to choose Hof, despite his death, over Democratic educator Lesia Romanov so that county officials could appoint another Republican to fill his seat, the Associated Press reported.

Hof, who had written a book called “The Art of the Pimp” styled on President Trump’s “The Art of the Deal,” had previously run, and lost, a 2016 race as a Libertarian.

Hof was found dead on Oct. 16 at his Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nevada. Officials in the state’s sprawling Nye County have not yet reported a cause of death.

According to an official statement from Hof’s political campaign, his body was discovered by porn legend Ron Jeremy, who was going to rouse Hof for “a scheduled lunch at the Pahrump Senior Center.”

In a story published last week in the New Yorker, a former Hof employee named Jennifer O’Kane — who had accused Hof of repeatedly raping her without a condom — said his death feels like “the ultimate justice.” (His campaign dismissed O’Kane’s “outrageous, trash-talking allegations” as “absurd and … absolutely politically motivated.”)

Even so, O’Kane considers herself a Republican — though she has since moved out of Hof’s district — and told the New Yorker: “I’d vote for Dennis.”