Al Goldstein, pornography pioneer and Screw magazine publisher, dies at 77

Al Goldstein displays some of his reading material upon leaving a 1977 obscenity trial.

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  • Porn king Al Goldstein dies at age 77 of apparent renal failure
  • He published Screw magazine and pushed pornography into mainstream America
  • Goldstein once lived a lavish lifestyle before finances, health took downturn
Al Goldstein, the foul-mouthed, cigar-chomping 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 smutty, offbeat publication full of political satire, DeStefano said.
The magazine caused an national uproar in 1973 when it printed nude photos of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The issue sold more than 500,000 copies.