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Hugh Hefner Passes Away at 91

Founder of Playboy, Hugh Hefner, died in the Playboy Mansion at the age of 91.

Playboy Enterprises released a statement on Wednesday night announcing that Hefner “passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones.”

Hefner sold the mansion to the company he founded in 2017, with the stipulation he could continue to live there, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.

In 1992, Hefner bought his grave plot in a Los Angeles cemetery, Westwood Memorial Park, for $75,000. It is directly besides the resting place of Marilyn Monroe, who was Playboy’s first cover model.

Hefner did not envision the success the magazine would see, but later told CNN that Monroe was a “good choice.”

His son, Cooper Hefner, released a statement about his father’s death, saying, “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.”

“He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history,” said Cooper Hefner, who is now the chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises.

“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,” he added.

Cooper Hefner replaced his brother as the heir apparent after Marston Hefner’s alleged domestic violence incident in 2012.

Many celebrities came out to mourn Hugh Hefner’s death.

“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,” television personality Kim Kardashian West tweeted.

“I had a number of great conversations and with Hugh Hefner. Was such an interesting man. True legend. What an end of an era!” wrote actor Rob Lowe.

 

Gene Simmons, the bass guitarist and co-lead singer of KISS, tweeted, “We love you #hef #HughHefner.”

In 2003, Hugh Hefner was asked if he would find heaven a disappointment.

His response: “I will stoke it up.”