HUGH HEFNER MOURNED BY CELEBRITIES
Founder of the popular American lifestyle and media group, Playboy, Hugh Hefner died in Los Angeles on Wednesday of natural causes. He was 91. Hefner’s skill for self-promotion made it impossible to untangle his image from his empire.
Tributes and expressions of shock and sadness poured in from celebrities after American lifestyle company, Playboy, confirmed that its founder, Hugh Hefner, had died from natural causes on Wednesday, at 91.
“I met Hugh Hefner at the Playboy mansion. He was very nice to my mom. Don’t ask. #RIPHef,” actor Kate Dennings tweeted.
“A great man, entrepreneur and innovator. Your legacy lives on. #Hef,” wrote rocker Gene Simmons.
“One of the nicest men I’ve ever known. Godspeed, Hugh Hefner,” wrote music legend Frank Sinatra’s daughter, Nancy Sinatra.
A Playboy statement to E News said: “Hugh M Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy Magazine, peacefully passed away from natural causes at his home, the Playboy Mansion.” His son Cooper remembered him 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.”
Hefner, known for helping sex slip out of the confines of plain brown wrappers and come into mainstream conversation, had said in an interview to Los Angeles Times in 1992 that he had lived his dream. “Much of my life has been like an adolescent dream of an adult life. If you were still a boy, in almost a Peter Pan kind of way, and could have just the perfect life that you wanted to have, that’s the life I invented for myself,” he said.
If you were still a boy, in almost a Peter Pan kind of way, and could have just the perfect life... that’s the life I invented for myself HUGH HEFNER, PLAYBOY FOUNDER
Hugh Hefner displays a giant birthday cake to celebrate his 75th birthday, in 2001, at Cannes, France Hugh Hefner with Playboy bunny Bonnie J. Halpin at his nightclub in Chicago in 1961 Hugh Hefner and his then girlfriend Barbi Benton served by Playboy bunny Cheri in 1970