Hol­ly­wood re­mem­bers a ‘revo­lu­tion­ary’

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As word spread overnight of Hugh Hefner’s death at age 91, celebri­ties praised the Play­boy pub­lish­ing icon for bring­ing sex­ual free­dom to main­stream cul­ture.

In an emo­tional note, ac­com­pa­nied by a tear­ful video, Pamela An­der­son called him “the most im­por­tant per­son in my life.” She also said he suf­fered from back pain prior to his death.

Nancy Si­na­tra called him “one of the nicest men I’ve ever known.”

Bob Saget quoted Hefner di­rectly: “Racism, war, big­otry, but sex it­self, no. What a sad cold world this would be if we weren’t sex­ual be­ings ... I mean, that’s the heart of who we are.”

For­mer Play­mate Jenny McCarthy saluted him as a “revo­lu­tion­ary” who changed lives, “es­pe­cially mine. I hope I made you proud.”

Larry King re­mem­bered Hefner as a “GI­ANT in pub­lish­ing, jour­nal­ism, free speech & civil rights.”

NBA Hall of Famer Den­nis Rod­man de­clared him an “Icon of all Icons “and a “#GameChanger.”

An­other trail­blazer, Nor­man Lear, de­clared Hefner “a true ex­plorer, a man who had a keen sense of the fu­ture.”

Kim Kar­dashian said it was an honor to have been part of Team Play­boy. “Love you Hef!” she added.

Film­maker Joss Whe­don tweeted the di­chotomy that was Hugh Hefner. “Wait, is it pos­si­ble that Hugh Hefner did good AND bad things?”

“Few did more for writ­ers, (in­clud­ing) my­self, break­ing bound­aries,” co­me­dian Richard Lewis wrote.

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