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Hugh Hefner, ‘Playboy’ Founder, Has Died of Natural Causes at 91

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Hugh Hefner, iconic founder of Playboy Magazine, passed away peacefully on Wednesday in his beloved Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones. He was 91 years old. Hef, as he was known to friends and admirers, was best known as the man who brought “smut” to the masses. He started Playboy Magazine in 1952, buoyed by investors (including his mom) who believed in his vision of a new type of magazine. The first issue featured a 5-year old photo of a nude Marilyn Monroe on the cover, and sold out in days. And thus, Playboy was born.

As news of the death of Hugh Hefner traveled, people took to social media to remember him.

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Hugh Hefner was a complicated individual, to say the least. He was a champion of free speech and civil rights. Paradoxically, he also made a fortune on the objectification and monetization of women and their bodies. Hef understood that sex sells, and arguably, he sold it.

In addition to his magazine empire, Hef found success in television, too. The hit E! show The Girls Next Door followed his life in the mansion with girlfriends, Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson-Bassett, and Bridget Marquardt.

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