Bob Guccione, founder of Penthouse Magazine, Dies Of Lung Cancer

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Bob Guccione, one of the fathers of print pornography, dies of lung cancer Wednesday at the age of 79.

After several years of battling against lung cancer, Penthouse founder Guccione finally surrendered and gave up the fight. He died at Plano Specialty Hospital in Plano, Texas, as storied by his wife, April Dawn Warren Guccione.

Guccione was an aspiring artist who, much as it is surprising, once in his life attended a Catholic seminary. He built up Penthouse way back 1965 as a medium for his innate interest and passion for art. He played the role of the magazine’s first photographer. The magazine was first distributed in England and was introduced in the United States in 1969, the period when feminism and sexual revolution were two famous concepts.

Penthouse proved to be a great competition to Hugh Hefner’s equally famous Playboy. Penthouse competed through presenting novel journalism and seductive photographs of women known as the Penthouse Pets.

Penthouse reached the peak of its fame in the publication industry in September of 1984 when it featured provocative, sexy, nude photos of the then Miss America, Vanessa Williams. The first black title holder was mandated to hand the crown back after the Penthouse issue featuring her was released. The said issue sold more or less 6 million copies and earned an approximate US$14 million.

April Guccione said in her statement that the funeral services for her husband will be private.

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