Hugh Hefner, ‘Playboy’ Founder, Has Died of Natural Causes at 91
Hugh Hefner, iconic founder ofÂ 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 startedÂ 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,Â Playboy was born.
As news of the death of Hugh Hefner traveled, people took to social media to remember him.
RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! Iâ€™m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 28, 2017
— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner was a GIANT in publishing, journalism, free speech & civil rights. He was a true original, and he was my friend. Rest well Hef. pic.twitter.com/bJ1wxoK4gR
— Larry King (@kingsthings) September 28, 2017
Fun fact: Hugh Hefner was an early LGBT ally, and featured a trans model in Playboy way back in 1991. https://t.co/ALgyZJh99n
— shauna (@goldengateblond) September 28, 2017
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.
Wait, is it possible Hugh Hefner did good AND bad things? But… But… *robot head explodes, humans escape from robot hot tub*
— Joss Whedon (@joss) September 28, 2017
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) September 28, 2017
I've worked for Larry Flynt. Known many that worked for #HughHefner. Even if you dislike the method, they protected your freedom of speech.
— Doughgasm (@Doughgasm) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement. We shall never forget him. May he Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/oL3lKLZRQ5
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) September 28, 2017
was Hugh Hefner perfect?
however, he was a huge civil rights activist, advocated for free speech, and campaigned for abortion rights
— Thomas Moore (@Thomas_A_Moore) September 28, 2017
— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) September 28, 2017