Hugh Hefner, the man who famously founded the Playboy magazine has peacefully passed away in his home, the Playboy Mansion. Playboy confirmed the new via twitter that Hefner aged 91 had sadly passed.
Over the past year Hefner had struggled with health issues and has not been seen in public for some time. He had tragically lost his brother to cancer just last year.
Hefner shot to fame when he founded the renowned magazine Playboy. Perhaps more well known for the lavish and erotic parties he hosted in the legendary Playboy mansion where he had lived for most of his lifetime. The mansion was sold back in 2016 for a cool $100 million with conditions that he could remain in the house until he died.
Through his lifetime Hefner married three times fathering four children. His most recent wife being Crystal Hefner who was only 31 years of age.
His son, Cooper has released a touching statement 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. 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 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,”
Cooper and his dad.
In 1953, funded with a $600 loan which he raised by mortgaging his furniture and $8,000 from 45 investors, including $1,000 from his mother, Hefner launched Playboy. Initially, it was titled “Stag Party.” He later said that his staff consisted of a card table and a typewriter.
The first issue of Playboy was launched in December 1953, Hefner came out with the first issue of the magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe’s nude calendar shoot. More than 54,000 copies of the issue were sold, at 50 cents each.
Hefner’s name is mentioned for a couple of Guinness Book of World Records. The first mention is for having the longest career as an editor in chief of the same magazine, and the second mention is for possessing the largest collection of personal scrapbooks.
Hefner lived a long and and unique life, may he rest in peace.