HUGH HEFNER MOURNED BY CELEBRI­TIES

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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

PHOTO: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS

PHO­TOS: REUTERS AND AP

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

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