Hugh Hefner, Playboy Magazine Founder, Has Died At Age 91

LOS ANGELES - NOV 17: Hugh Hefner  poses for a photo on Nov 17 2005 in  Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan Tuffs/Getty Images)

Hugh Hefner, Playboy Magazine Founder, Has Died At Age 91

He died peacefully surrounded by loved ones.

Published September 28, 2017

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has died at the age of 91. The groundbreaking magazine publisher was surrounded by loved ones when he passed away from natural causes earlier today (Sept. 27).

  1. Known for transcending Playboy into one of the most notable magazines of its kind, Hefner’s son Christian and Playboy Chief Creative Officer said, “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,” in a statement to People.

    Hefner, an army vet, decided to launch Playboy while working in the publishing industry and launched the controversial magazine’s first cover with Marilyn Monroe in December 1953.

    Over the years, Hefner went on to star in the six-season E! reality series Girls Next Door with acclaimed Playboy playmates Kendra Wilkinson, Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt.

    According to People, Hefner his  acclaimed Playboy Mansion to his neighbor Daren Metropoulos for $200 million with the stipulation that he’d lived there until his death.

    See how celebrities and fans deeply influenced by Hugh Hefner are reacting to his death:

Written by Jasmine Washington

(Photo: Dan Tuffs/Getty Images)

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