Last Resort Posted October 21, 2010 Share Posted October 21, 2010 (RTTNews) - Bob Guccione, who founded the hardcore magazine Penthouse, has died of cancer at the age of 79. He passed away on Wednesday at his home in Plano, Texas. Guccione worked as a journalist in England in the early 1960s before bringing Penthouse magazine to the U.S. in 1969. The magazine, which featured raunchier content than its competitor Playboy, and which first brought full-frontal nudity to similar mainstream magazines, grossed over four billion dollars in its first 30 years. Penthouse also sparked controversy over many of its stories, including the resignation of 1984 Miss America Vanessa Williams after publishing nude photos of her. After making a fortune on his magazine and living a lavish lifestyle, a series of failed investments and the rise of Internet pornography led to Penthouse's parent company filing for bankruptcy. Guccione — who lost his home and his magazine - then resigned as CEO in 2004. His fourth wife, April Dawn Warren Guccione, and two of his four children, were present at the home at the time of his death. by RTT Staff Writer Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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