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Louis Abolafia, Former Hippie Presidential Candidate, Dead at 54

November 2, 1995 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Louis Abolafia, an artist who ran for president against Richard Nixon in 1968 as the naked Hippie ``love candidate,″ died of a drug overdose, authorities said Thursday. He was 54.

Abolafia died Monday at UCLA Medical Center. Toxicology tests will determine the drug involved, said Scott Carrier, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

The son of a New York City florist, Abolafia was part of the Greenwich Village art scene in the ’60s and organized ``love-ins″ and ``happenings″ that combined music, poetry and audience participation.


Abolafia became a sort of hippie poster-boy for the New York press and ran for president on the Hippie ``love ticket.″ In a famous photo, he posed naked with a strategically placed hat. His campaign slogan: ``What have I got to hide?″

He received about 2 million votes.

``We were showing loving ways of bringing about unity and peace,″ he said in 1987.

Abolafia moved to San Francisco in 1974 and helped produce the annual Exotic Erotic Ball, an outrageous annual costume event. He moved to Los Angeles several years ago.

Abolafia is survived by two brothers, a sister and his mother.