Al Goldstein, the famed pornographer who championed First Amendment rights, has died after a long battle with illness.
According to a friend, Goldstein, who was 77, died early Thursday morning at a hospice in Brooklyn.
Goldstein founded Screw magazine in 1968, a time when the legal system was trying to decide what constituted obscenity.
He would be arrested on obscenity charges 19 times over the next three years.
Over the years, he spent millions of dollars to fight for First Amendment rights.
Goldstein was also behind the adult-themed public access show "Midnight Blue."
Screw folded in 2003, and in a 2004 interview with the New York Times, Goldstein said that at times, he was forced to sleep in his car and live in a homeless shelter.
He is survived by his wife, Christine, and a son, Jordan.