Dennis Hof dies at 72: He spent his final hours with Ron Jeremy, Heidi Fleiss, and other recognizable names

The story of Dennis Hof’s death has some familiar names.

Hof, the owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, featured in HBO’s Cathouse series, was found dead at one of his other brothels, Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, on Tuesday morning, hours after supporters cheered him at a campaign rally for his bid for a seat in the state legislature. People, including adult film star Ron Jeremy, former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, and others were in Hof’s orbit in the hours leading up to his death.

Ron Jeremy

Jeremy, a longtime friend, is the one who discovered Hof’s body in his bed at the ranch, where the group had gone after the rally, according to the Daily Mail and a tweet from Hof campaign manager Chuck Muth.

Photos show Jeremy palling around with Hof years ago, at events such as the AVN Awards and the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav. (The former Public Enemy rapper is, like Jeremy, a former star on the VH1 reality show, The Surreal Life, although the two were on different seasons.) Apparently, Jeremy even played “Happy Birthday” on the harmonica for Hof, who turned 72 on Sunday.

Hof had said Flav himself would be part of his Monday event, but the rapper’s lawyer, Kristina Wildeveld, told the Associated Press that Flav did not attend the party.

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EDISON, NJ - NOVEMBER 13: Dennis Hof owner of the 'Moonlite Bunny Ranch' attends Exxotica Day 1 at New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center on November 13, 2015 in Edison, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) TV Personality and owner of Moonlite BunnyRanch, Dennis Hof visits the SiriusXM Studios on March 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Adult film star Ron Jeremy and owner of Moonlite BunnyRanch, Dennis Hof visit the SiriusXM Studios on March 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Owner of Moonlite BunnyRanch, Dennis Hof and tv personality Perez Hilton visit the SiriusXM Studios on March 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) TV Personality Krissy Summers and owner of Moonlite BunnyRanch, Dennis Hof visit the SiriusXM Studios on March 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
CRYSTAL, NV - OCTOBER 14: Lawanna, shift manager stands in a bredroom at Dennis Hof's Love Ranch October 14, 2015 in Crystal, Nevada. NBA star Lamar Odom was found unconscious at the brothel. Richard Hunter, media assistant to Dennis Hof's Love Ranch, tended to Odom and called 911.(Photo by Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
CRYSTAL, NV - OCTOBER 14: Lawanna, shift manager stands inside a room at Dennis Hof's Love Ranch October 14, 2015 in Crystal, Nevada. NBA star Lamar Odom was found unconscious at the brothel. Richard Hunter, media assistant to Dennis Hof's Love Ranch, tended to Odom and called 911.(Photo by Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
CRYSTAL, NV - OCTOBER 14: Signs for Dennis Hof's Love Ranch Las Vegas brothel are shown on October 14, 2015 in Crystal, Nevada. Former NBA player Lamar Odom was found unconscious during a visit at the brothel and has been hospitalized at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Dennis Hof arrives at The 7th Annual TOSCARS Awards Show at the Egyptian Theatre on February 26, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Ron Jeremy (L), Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hof (C) and Joey Buttafuoco (R) attend the 7th Annual Toscars Awards Show at the Egyptian Theatre on February 26, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, speaks during an interview inside the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Mound House, Nevada, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Growing use of the Internet to arrange liaisons with prostitutes and decreased patronage by truckers squeezed by rising fuel costs are also hurting houses of prostitution that took root during Nevada's mid-1800s silver-mining boom, George Flint, lobbyist for the Nevada Brothel Owners Association and brothel managers say. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlight Bunny Ranch, center, stands for a photograph inside the Moonlight Bunny Ranch in Carson City, Nevada, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Growing use of the Internet to arrange liaisons with prostitutes and decreased patronage by truckers squeezed by rising fuel costs are also hurting houses of prostitution that took root during Nevada's mid-1800s silver-mining boom, George Flint, lobbyist for the Nevada Brothel Owners Association and brothel managers say. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlight Bunny Ranch, stands for a photograph inside the Moonlight Bunny Ranch in Carson City, Nevada, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Growing use of the Internet to arrange liaisons with prostitutes and decreased patronage by truckers squeezed by rising fuel costs are also hurting houses of prostitution that took root during Nevada's mid-1800s silver-mining boom, George Flint, lobbyist for the Nevada Brothel Owners Association and brothel managers say. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
MALIBU, CA - MAY 05: Dennis Hof attends Adam Carolla's Cinco De Mangria party benefiting Children's Hospital Los Angeles on May 5, 2013 in Malibu, California. (Photo by James Lemke Jr/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Bunny Ranch founder Dennis Hof visits SiriusXM Studio on November 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 05: Ron Jeremy, Krissy Summer and Dennis Hof attend Adam Carolla's Cinco De Mangria party benefiting Children's Hospital Los Angeles on May 5, 2013 in Malibu, California. (Photo by James Lemke Jr/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JUNE 17: The Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel owner Dennis Hof and Heidi Fleiss appear at the Ritz-Carlton hotel where Fleiss was scheduled to speak on behalf of PETA at PetSmart's annual meeting June 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 19: (L-R) Jazzy Jones,Dennis Hof and Cami Parker attend New York's Funniest Reporter Show at Gotham Comedy Club on August 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: The Bunny Ranch's Dennis Hof attend the book launch party for 'The Gods of Greenwich' at Kiss & Fly on April 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
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Heidi Fleiss

Heidi Fleiss figures into the story because she was in a longtime relationship with Hof. She told the Daily Mail that she and Jeremy drove to Monday’s rally with Hof. “On the way down on the drive, on the 8-hour drive, Dennis was joking about Ron’s health and how he needed to take better care of himself. We were all making fun of Ron and just generally life,” Fleiss said.

She was understandably upset about the loss.

“His diet was so unhealthy,” Fleiss said. “I told him months ago to start eating healthy. Dennis was really excited about the future. I’m devastated about his death. I’m still in shock over it.”

Joe Arpaio

The controversial former Phoenix, Arizona-area sheriff and failed Senate candidate gave a speech in support of Hof at Monday’s rally/birthday bash, which began at a local hotel.

“The thing I liked about him: He was with Trump and was for the Second Amendment and lower taxes,” Arpaio told the Associated Press.

Noted conservatives Tucker Carlson and Grover Norquist were also part of Monday night’s campaign rally.

Afterward, only some of the partygoers continued on to the brothel.

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Joe Arpaio through the years
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Joe Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County, in Arizona, and called 'America's Toughest Sheriff', had the controversial idea to set-up a 'Tent City' as an extension of the Maricopa County Jail. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Sygma via Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 28: Prisoners dressed in stripped inmate informs walk under the hot Arizona sun at tent city jail opened near Phoenix by the Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio claims to be 'the toughest Sheriff in the United States.' (Photo credit should read JEAN-LOUP SENSE/AFP/Getty Images)
Teenage inmates inside a tent at the Maricopa County 'Pup Tent City' jail complex for juveniles in Phoenix December 23, 1998. Pup Tents is the third in a series of controversial Tent Cities that Sheriff Joe Arpaio has opened since 1993, all in an effort to ease jail overcrowding, provide more jail space for arrestees and save taxpayers millions of dollars. Males were introduced to Tent City in 1993, and convicted females went into Tents in 1995. The entire complex today houses about 1,400 convicted males and females. (photo by Mike Fiala)
PHOENIX - JULY 8: Barney, a three year old St. Bernard, stares out at inmates who have stopped by his cell for a visit at the jail's fourth floor Maricopa Animal Safe Hospice (MASH) July 8, 2005 in Phoenix, Arizona. 17 female inmates, whom volunteer and go through a formal interview process for the privileged duty of caring for the animals, care for 20 dogs and 31 cats in the five year old program started by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The inmates have two days removed from their jail sentence for each day worked in the unit. The program takes in animals that have been abused, abandoned or are evidence in a criminal case and keeps them until they are adopted. Inmates feed, clean, groom and provide obedience lessons for the 587 animals (dogs, cats, birds, horses) that have gone through the hospice since it began. (Photo by Jeff Topping/Getty Images)
[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Joe Arpaio, 'America's Toughest Sheriff' at the annual Fiesta del Sol parade in Phoenix.
PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 11: Maricopa County Sheriff Officer Joe Arpaio speaks during a news conference regarding an immigration raid his officers conducted at HMI Contracting February 11, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. Several undocumented workers were arrested after Arpaio ordered the raid on the company, which has a contract with the County Board of Supervisors to do landscaping at county buildings. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 17: Inmates walk as they are moved after being ordered by Maricopa County Sheriff Officer Joe Arpaio (R), looking on, to be placed into new housing to open up new beds for maximum security inmates on April 17, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. Arpaio has been facing criticism from Hispanic activists and lawmakers, alleging that Arpaio's crackdown methods on illegal immigrants involve racial profiling. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 17: Inmates walk as they are moved after being ordered by Maricopa County Sheriff Officer Joe Arpaio to be placed into new housing to open up new beds for maximum security inmates on April 17, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. Arpaio has been facing criticism from Hispanic activists and lawmakers, alleging that Arpaio's crackdown methods on illegal immigrants involve racial profiling. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
PHOENIX - APRIL 29: Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks to participants of the Border Security Expo on April 29, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. Arpaio, promoted by his supporters as 'America's Toughest Sheriff', voiced his support for Arizona's new immigration enforcement law. His deputies conduct frequent sweeps to arrest undocumented immigrants in his county, which includes the state capitol Phoenix. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 17: Maricopa County Sheriff Officer Joe Arpaio's name plate and business cards sit on his desk at his office on April 17, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. Arpaio has been facing criticism from Hispanic activists and lawmakers, alleging that Arpaio's crackdown methods on illegal immigrants involve racial profiling. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
PHOENIX - APRIL 30: Undocumented immigrant Jose Hechavaria (R), 43, stands with fellow prisoners in the yard of the Maricopa County Tent City Jail on April 30, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. Hechavaria, a 13-year resident of Arizona, said he was arrested by sheriff's deputies on a DUI charge and then held because of his illegal immigration statues. Some 200 undocumented immigrants are currently serving time in the facility. The controversial jail is run by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has been an outspoken critic of illegal immigration and a supporter of Arizona's new tough immigration law. Prisoners at the facility are fed twice a day, sleep in non-airconditioned tents and are issued striped prison uniforms and pink underwear and socks. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks with a reporter outside his famous tent city jail for misdemeanor offenses May 3, 2010. A few hours later he officially announced he would not be running for Arizona Governor saying, I have come so far and accomplished so much in the past 18 years as Sheriff that to leave now just doesn�t make sense,� said Arpaio. 'Right now, we are standing in the cross-hairs of history in this state and as Sheriff of the most populous county in Arizona, there is much work yet to do.' AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Maricopa Country Detention Officer Rene Ansley holds up one of the pink boxer style underware male inmates wear inside Sheriff Joe Arpaio's tent city jail May 3, 2010, in Phoenix, Arizona. The inmates also have matching pink socks. This area of the tent city houses misdemeanor offenders. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
RANCHO BERNARDO, CA - AUGUST 10: Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during a visit to the Rancho Bernardo Inn on August 10, 2010 in Rancho Bernardo, California. Arpaio, who is Sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, gained national attention for using deputies to conduct raids to apprehend illegal immigrants and building large outdoor prison tents to house inmates. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 19: Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks at a Tea Party Express rally at Stoney's Rockin' Country October 19, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The tour, part of an initiative to get conservatives elected to the House and Senate, will move across country and conclude on November 1, 2010 in Concord, New Hampshire the day before the contentious mid-term elections (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
CRESTON, IA - DECEMBER 27: Texas governor and Republican candidate for president Rick Perry (C) walks with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (L) before a campaign stop at Adams Street Espresso on December 27, 2011 in Creston, Iowa. With one week to go before the Iowa caucuses, Rick Perry continues his bus tour through Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 11: Immigrant inmates line up for breakfast at the Maricopa County Tent City jail on March 11, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. Striped uniforms and pink undergarments are standard issue at the facility. The tent jail, run by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, houses undocumented immigrants who are serving up to one year after being convicted of crime in the county. Although many of immigrants have lived in the U.S for years, often with families, most will be deported to Mexico after serving their sentences. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 11: Immigrant inmates walk for excercise at the Maricopa County Tent City jail on March 11, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. The striped uniforms and pink undergarments are standard issue at the facility. The tent jail, run by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, houses undocumented immigrants who are serving up to one year after being convicted of crime in the county. Although many of immigrants have lived in the U.S for years, often with families, most will be deported to Mexico after serving their sentences. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 3: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio salutes Muhannad Al Kusairy during a meeting at his office in Phoenix, Arizona on Monday, June 3, 2013. Al Kusairy is hoping to taking steps to become a Maricopa County Deputy Sheriff once he becomes a citizen. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MARSHALLTOWN, IA - JANUARY 26: Sheriff Joe Arpaio (L) of Maricopa County, Arizona listens as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the press prior to a rally on January 26, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa. Arpaio today announced his support for Trump's presidential bid. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 19: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is surrounded by protesters and members of the media at the the site of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in downtown Cleveland on the second day of the convention on July 19, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Many people have stayed away from downtown due to road closures and the fear of violence. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio gestures to the crowd while delivering a speech on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21: Sheriff Joe Arpaio exits the stage after delivering a speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, July 21, 2016. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 19: Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio takes part in the convention openings on the second day of the Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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