Hugh Hefner Dies At 91
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday evening.
He was 91.
Hefner’s health had been in serious decline over the last year and he’s not been seen in public for some time. His passing comes just over a year after his brother, Keith, died battling cancer.
Playboy magazine catapulted Hef into a cultural phenomenon … paving way for the iconic Playboy Mansion that quickly became known for its legendary parties.
As TMZ reported … Hugh Hefner parted ways with the pad in August 2016 … selling to Pabst Blue Ribbon heir Daren Metropoulos for $110 million. But the sale had one condition — Hefner could live in the mansion without the new owner’s meddling until Hefner died.
His third marriage came 4 years after breaking up with longtime GF Holly Madison. He’s survived by 4 children — Christine and David from his first marriage and Marston and Cooper from his second marriage.
Hefner founded Playboy in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe gracing the first cover. The magazine landed huge celebrities for years to come — including Cindy Crawford, Kim Basinger, Pamela Anderson, Madonna, Sharon Stone, Naomi Campbell, Carmen Electra, Drew Barrymore and Kim Kardashian.
The magazine stopped publishing nude photos in 2016 but went back to them in February of this year after Hugh Hefner’s son, Cooper, was installed as chief creative officer.
The mag also had a strong pull with some amazing writers — including Gabriel García Márquez, Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami.
Rest in peace.