Hugh Hefner Has died At Age 91
Very sad news. Hugh Hefner died at his home, the Playboy Mansion, of natural causes at age 91, Playboy Enterprises confirmed in a statement on Wednesday. Cooper Hefner, Playboy Enterprises’ chief creative officer and Hugh’s son, said in the statement,
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.
Hefner reportedly founded the magazine with $600 and another $1,000 borrowed from his mother. The first centerfold, an iconic feature of the monthly magazine, was of Marilyn Monroe.
Hefner was also the founder and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, the publishing group that operates the magazine. Hefner, a millionaire, was also a political activist and philanthropist in several causes and public issues.
Hefner was survived by his wife, Crystal, his sons, Cooper, David and Marston, and his daughter, Christie.