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Subject: Oz publisher Felix Dennis dies

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/23/14 at 5:54 am

Publishing millionaire and 60s radical Felix Dennis has died aged 67, after a "long and painful" battle with throat cancer.

The businessman first found fame as one of the founders of 60s counterculture magazine Oz, which was caught up in a high-profile obscenity trial in 1971.

He went on to found Dennis Publishing, which created titles such as The Week, Your Spectrum and men's magazine Maxim.

His office said Dennis died on Sunday, "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."

Born in Kingston-upon-Thames, in Surrey, Dennis played in a number of R&B bands as a teenager before briefly attending Harrow College of Art.

His tenure lasted little more than a term, though, before he moved out of home and began creating window displays for department stores to make a living.

He was first hired by Oz in 1967, creating a poster to mark Che Guevara's death for the magazine's eighth issue. Famously, he spelled the Marxist revolutionary's name wrong - a mistake which occurred, he said, after checking it in The Guardian.

By 1969, he was a full-time writer and editor, and was briefly jailed in 1971 after an obscenity trial relating to the satirical magazine.

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