At the age of 91, Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy Magazine, is dead — the cause of death has been revealed.
According to reliable sources, Hefner died at The Playboy Mansion in California surrounded by his family.
TMZ claims that Hefner’s death is due to natural causes. Playboy Enterprises released a brief statement confirming the passing of the American legend.
The tweet read: “American Icon and Playboy Founder, Hugh M. Hefner passed away today. He was 91. #RIPHef.”
Moments later, Cooper Hefner, the 25-year-old son of Hugh, who has creative control at the brand, shared an emotional statement on behalf of the family.
Cooper had the following to say about the famous and controversial publisher and businessman: “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.”
Born in Chicago, Illinois in April of 1926, the editor, was raised in a Republican and Christian household.
During World War II, Hugh took on the role of a writer for a military newspaper in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946.
He later attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and went to work for Esquire.
Hefner quit his job after his boss at Esquire refused to give him a $5 raise and with the help of several investors he launched Playboy Magazine.
Some of the famous women to grace the covers of the men’s magazine include Marilyn Monroe, Cindy Crawford, Pamela Anderson, Madonna, Sharon Stone, and Kim Kardashian.
In 2013, Hefner had a net worth of $45 million.
According to financial experts: “At the peak of Playboy’s stock performance, Hefner was estimated have a net worth of 200 million dollars. However, his wealth significantly decreased after losing 80% of his Playboy stock during a leveraged buy-out in 2011.”
Many people reacted to the death of Hugh Hefner in different ways.
One commenter said: “Boy bye. Exploited women his entire life and y’all acting like he did something amazing.”
Another stated: “Wow, I’m sure he has no regrets and lived a good life. R.I.P ! Thats so strange just yesterday I was going through his Bio ! & I was like damn he is so old ! Been around for soo longg !!! & Now Look Waw ! World works in mysterious ways … Rest Wel.”
A third person claimed: “I thought he been dead. A real thot legend, may he Rest In Peace.”
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