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LAST night at 11pm the na­tion col­lec­tively mourned the pass­ing of one of the world’s great­est ad­vo­cates for so­cial change.

Hugh Hefner died last month, aged just 91, and the gen­er­a­tion that led the sex­ual rev­o­lu­tion paid a fit­ting tribute to the founder of the Play­boy em­pire.

At gath­er­ings across the UK and, in­deed, the world, peo­ple stood si­lent for two min­utes to re­mem­ber the deeds of the leg­endary Amer­i­can pub­lisher, wom­an­iser and phi­lan­thropist.

But the gath­er­ings soon be­came the sort of par­ties con­sum­mate party an­i­mal Hef would have en­joyed.

The late, great Hefner launched Play­boy magazine in 1953, al­most sin­gle- hand­edly light­ing the fuse that would ig­nite the sex bomb of the 1960s and be­yond.

Af­ter his death, Play­boy redi­rected ev­ery page of its web­site to a photo of Mr Hefner, with a quo­ta­tion at­trib­uted to him: “Life is too short to be liv­ing some­one else’s dream.”

Hefner had his crit­ics – the fem­i­nists, the en­vi­ous – but this was a man who stood for much that is good in our world.

He be­lieved in equal­ity. Hefner was a staunch sup­porter of same- sex mar­riage, and said that a fight for gay mar­riage was “a fight for all our rights. With­out it, we will turn back the sex­ual rev­o­lu­tion and re­turn to an ear­lier, pu­ri­tan­i­cal time.”

It’s un­likely we’ll ever see Hefner’s like again. He will be missed.

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