Penthouse Publisher Bob Guccione Dies At 79


Oct. 21 2010, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione died Wednesday at Plano Specialty Hospital in Plano, Texas at the age of 79, after a longtime battle with lung cancer, has learned.

Penthouse magazine reached a high-water mark in 1984 when it published pictures of then-Miss America Vanessa Williams, causing a scandal that would cause her to give back the title, making her a household name in the process.

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Guccione is survived by his wife, April Dawn Warren Guccione, and five children, daughters Tonina and Nina, and sons Bob Jr., Tony, and Nick.

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