Who are Larry Flynt’s children? Here’s why the late ‘Hustler’ publisher disowned his eldest daughter

Flynt might have been a popular figure but he was always in the news for the wrong reasons. His life was also the subject of films and books, including the 1996 biopic ‘The People vs Larry Flynt’


                            Who are Larry Flynt’s children? Here’s why the late ‘Hustler’ publisher disowned his eldest daughter
Publisher Larry Flint arrives at 'The Larry King Cardiac Foundation' black-tie gala on June 4, 2001, in Beverly Hills, California (Getty Images)

Controversial publisher Larry Flynt, who founded the Hustler magazine, died on Wednesday, February 10. Flynt launched the popular magazine in the 1970s. He was 78. According to TMZ, family sources spilled the beans on the cause of his death revealing that one of the biggest names in the adult entertainment industry died due to heart failure.

Flynt passed away at a hospital in Los Angeles. Flynt's daughter Theresa Flynt later confirmed to NBC News that she was with her father, alongside his wife when he died on Wednesday morning at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.

Flynt might have been a popular figure but he was always in news for the wrong reasons. His life was also the subject of films and books, including the 1996 biopic ‘The People vs Larry Flynt’. Actor Woody Harrelson was nominated for a 1997 Academy Award for his portrayal of Flynt in the film.
 
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Gubernatorial candidate Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine, arrives in a gold wheelchair to vote in the recall election of Gov. Gray Davis on October 7, 2003, in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

What was Larry Flynt popular for?

Larry Flynt was a prominent figure in the porn industry for nearly 50 years after launching his Hustler magazine in 1974. Looking at the popularity of his publication, he later expanded his business to three television channels known as Hustler TV. He also made headlines for his several legal battles involving adult entertainment and the First Amendment, which were portrayed in Milos Forman’s 1996 Oscar-nominated film ‘The People vs Larry Flynt’.

Flynt also guest-starred in the film as a judge. Flynt was paralyzed from the waist down after a White supremacist shot him in 1978. His unconventional ways got him both respect and hatred from individuals and organizations which also included many feminists who found the articles in Hustler misogynist, offensive and demeaning.

Larry Flynt’s personal life

Larry Flynt had an extensive family. He had five wives and six children. Flynt is survived by his fifth wife, Elizabeth Berrios. He was pre-deceased by his daughter, Lisa Flynt-Fugate, who died in 2014. His daughter Lisa was in the news in 2014 after she died at the age of 47 from injuries sustained in a car crash in Ohio.  

Larry Flynt has five daughters and a son, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The children are Tonya Flynt-Vega, Theresa Flynt and Larry Flynt Jr.

Jimmy Flynt Jr., Larry Flynt, Theresa Flynt, Jimmy Flynt Sr. and actress Jenna Jameson pose during Jameson's ceremony inducting her into the Hustler Walk of Fame at Hustler Hollywood on April 17, 2003, in Hollywood, California (Getty Images)

Why Larry Flynt disowned her eldest daughter?

According to multiple reports, Larry Flynt disowned his eldest daughter, Tonya Flynt-Vega. It all happened after she became a Christian anti-pornography activist. In her 1998 book called 'Hustled', Tonya claimed that Flynt sexually abused her as a child, often calling her names. Flynt had always denied the charges. 

He had also claimed that he had passed a polygraph test also revealing that he had a tape recording of his daughter admitting she made up the accusations for money. According to the website, Orlando Sentinel, she had earlier said, "I don't believe he deserves a respectable place in history. It is also believed that he was estranged from four of his five children because Larry Flynt claimed they just wanted his money and were not prepared to show an interest in running his business."

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