Hugh Hefner, Founder of Playboy Magazine, Dies at 91 Years Old
Hugh Hefner, the iconic man who founded Playboy magazine, died on September 27, 2017, He was 91 years old. His business confirmed the news on Twitter last night.
— Playboy (@Playboy) September 28, 2017
“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom,” the businessman’s son, Cooper Hefner, said in a statement following his father’s passing. “He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history. He will be greatly missed by many, including his wife Crystal, my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston, and all of us at Playboy Enterprises.”
Us Weekly reports that Hef will be buried next to Marilyn Monroe, who tragically died in August 1962, at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
Millions of people are mourning the loss of the 91-year-old, including longtime friend Pamela Anderson. The 50-year-old former Playmate wrote and emotional note to Hugh on Instagram, along with a video that showed her laying in bed with tears streaming down her face.
She wrote, “Mr. Hefner, I have so many thoughts, I have no brain right now to edit. I am me because of you. You taught me everything important about freedom and respect. Outside of my family, you were the most important person in my life. You gave me my life… People tell me all the time that I was your favorite… I’m in such deep shock, but you were old, your back hurt you so much. Last time I saw you you were using a walker; you didn’t want me to see. You couldn’t hear. You had a piece of paper in your pocket you showed me — with my name Pamela with a heart around it.”
RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I’m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 28, 2017
— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) September 28, 2017
Wow…just read the news. Rest In Peace Hugh Hefner. Your legacy and soul shall live on!
— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) September 28, 2017
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) September 28, 2017
RIP HUGH HEFNER
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) September 28, 2017
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