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Althea Flynt is the former wife of publisher Larry Flynt. She began using the drugs that Larry was prescribed for pain after he was shot in 1978, and developed an addiction. She was diagnosed with AIDS in 1983; Flynt claims that she contracted the disease from a blood transfusion during a hysterectomy, and that she always used clean needles when using drugs.
Althea died aged 33 when she drowned at the couple's Bel-Air mansion in Los Angeles, California on June 27, 1987. According to reports, she passed out from an overdose and drowned in the bathtub. Flynt, however, states that at the time she was in the advanced stages of AIDS and would have died within that year, regardless.