Playboy founder Hugh Hefner passed away at the age of 91 peacefully at his home in Los Angeles with family by his side last night. Hugh was famous for the launch of Playboy magazine in 1953, which paved the way for the iconic Playboy Mansion that quickly became known for its legendary parties and women. Hugh was able to land some of the most iconic women to grace his cover of his magazine over the years that included Marilyn Monroe, Cindy Crawford, Kim Basinger, Pamela Anderson, Madonna, Sharon Stone, Naomi Campbell, Carmen Electra, Drew Barrymore and even Kim Kardashian.
“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life 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,” – Cooper Hefner, Playboy Enterprises’ chief creative officer and Hugh’s son
Hefner’s health had been in serious decline over the last year and he’s not been seen in public for some time and his passing comes just a little over a year after his brother, Keith, died battling cancer. He’s survived by 4 children, Christine and David from his first marriage and Marston and Cooper from his second marriage.