Felix Dennis, Publisher Of OZ, Dies Aged 67
Felix Dennis, who was caught up in a high-profile obscenity trial in 1971, has died aged 67.
The publishing tycoon first found fame as one of the founders and co-editors of the 1960s counterculture magazine OZ.
He went on to make a fortune through Dennis Publishing, the magazine stable behind Maxim and The Week.
A statement released by his office said: "We are deeply saddened to announce that Felix Dennis passed away yesterday surrounded by his loved ones.
"After a long and painful battle with cancer, Felix died peacefully at his home in Dorsington, aged 67.
"Felix was a publishing legend, famed for his maverick and entrepreneurial style and, more lately, a successful and much-loved poet. He will be greatly missed.
"Thank you for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Felix, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief."
His involvement with OZ saw him stand trial charged with conspiracy to corrupt public morals after a special issue included a pornographic version of Rupert the Bear.
The trial was a sensation and made Dennis and his fellow defendants, Richard Neville and Jim Anderson, famous.
They were defended by lawyer and novelist John Mortimer and eventually acquitted on appeal.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono were among those protesting against their prosecution.
Dennis, born in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, made his millions in publishing where he was a pioneer in the world of computer magazines.
He became a published poet following a life-threatening illness and embarked on a series of book tours and sponsored a prominent poetry prize.
Dennis, who divided his time between homes in Warwickshire, London, New York, Connecticut and the Caribbean island of Mustique, claimed to have become rich by "accident" and listed his other interests as "planting trees, commissioning bronze sculpture, drinking French wine and avoiding business meetings".