Notable Las Vegas area deaths in 2018, including Dennis Hof, Robin Leach and Art Bell.
Although Nevada Republicans have seen stronger elections, brothel owner Dennis Hof, who passed away unexpectedly October 16, managed to win his race for Assembly District 36 despite being dead. Hof ran as a Republican, calling himself the “Trump of Pahrump.” Although the colorful candidate and showman easily defeated his Democratic opponent from the grave, county commissioners from the three counties comprising District 36 must now meet to name Hof’s replacement.
Ron Jeremy and Heidi Fleiss speak about their friend and prominent brothel owner Dennis Hof’s death at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Dennis Hof’s opponent Lesia Romanov in the Nevada Assembly District 36 race reacts to news of Hof’s death. “I’m stunned. This is not the turn I would’ve expected.” (Ramona Giwargis/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Dennis Hof, Republican candidate for Nevada State Assembly District 36
Two former prostitutes allege that brothel owner Dennis Hof sexually assaulted them several years ago. A newly released police report details the accusations through interviews with the women. Former prostitute Jennifer O’Kane claims she was “raped and battered daily” by Hof. Hof, a Republican running for Assembly District 36 in Pahrump, denies the claims. The police report was released after the Nye County district attorney’s office last month declined to prosecute Hof, 71, because the statute of limitations had expired. Dennis Hof
Nye County officials have yanked the Love Ranch’s brothel license. Owner Dennis Hof has vowed he would get it back within days. Hof is accused of failing to obtain permission before modifying mobile homes at the site, but he claims he did not make any changes to the units. Hof says it’s political retribution because he’s running against Assemblyman James Oscarson.