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Porn pioneer and ‘Screw’ publisher Al Goldstein dies at 77

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(CNN) — Al Goldstein, the foul-mouthed publisher of Screw magazine and pornography pioneer who helped move raunch into mainstream American life, died Thursday in New York. He was 77.

He is believed to have died of renal failure at a nursing home in Brooklyn, said his lawyer, Charles DeStefano.

Throughout his life, Goldstein fought to push the porn trade into mainstream acceptance by challenging the legal barriers against pornography under the First Amendment.

In 1968, he published Screw magazine, a raunchy, offbeat publication full of political satire, DeStefano said.

The Brooklyn-born publisher lived life in extremes. He once enjoyed a lavish lifestyle, owned multiple properties and hobnobbed with celebrities, DeStefano said. In his later years, he lost practically everything and ended up nearly homeless in New York.

“He should be remembered as a man who had the guts to get in the face of his enemies,” DeStefano said. “He was fearless.”

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