Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Dies at 91

By on September 28, 2017
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Hugh Hefner, the founder and creator of Playboy, has died. He was 91.
Playboy confirmed the news on Twitter Wednesday night.

Hefner, according to E! News, passed away of natural causes at his mansion in Holmby Hills, Calif.
Hefner was the founder of Playboy magazine and related enterprises who revolutionized publishing and helped move the sexual revolution of the postwar generation.

Hefner’s started his business in the living room on the south side of Chicago, where in 1953 he laid out the pages for the first issue of Playboy.

The magazine took a sharp turn in the wrong direction several years ago when it announced it would no longer publish images of fully nude women. Sales plummeted, and early this year Playboy started publishing nude photographs again.

Born Hugh Marston Hefner on April 9, 1926, in Chicago, he took it upon himself to be the marketing tool for Playboy — complete with silk pajamas and a smoking jacket, along with his trademark pipe.

After a string of marriages, in 1989, at age 63, he married that year’s 26-year-old Playmate of the Year, Kimberly Conrad.

They divorced in 2010. A number of years later, at 86, he married Playmate Crystal Harris.
Hefner remained as editor in chief of the magazine until his death. His youngest son, Cooper, assumed the role of chief creative officer.

Hefner is survived by Harris and four children — daughter Christie and son David from his first wife Mildred Williams and sons Marston and Cooper from his second wife.

An outpouring of sympathy within the adult biz was broadcasted over social media circles.

Among those offering condolences was the iconic Ron Jeremy, who said via Twitter: “Today the world lost a legend. Hugh Hefner started my career. For 22 years I got to wish him happy new year at his mansion. I’ll miss him.”
The competing Hustler enterprise said via Twitter, “Our thoughts and prayers to the Hugh Hefner family and all our friends at Playboy. We send much love! End of an era!”

According to the Los Angeles Times, Hefner will be laid to rest in a Westwood, Calif., crypt beside Marilyn Monroe at Pierce Brothers mortuary.

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