The world lost a major icon Wednesday. Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, died of natural causes. Fittingly, he passed away surrounded by loved ones at his legendary home, the Playboy Mansion. He was 91-years-old at the time.
“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. He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history. He will be greatly missed by many, including his wife Crystal, my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston, and all of us at Playboy Enterprises.” – Hugh’s son Cooper Hefner said in a statement.
Hefner launched his ubiquitous magazine in 1953, becoming the poster boy for the sexual revolution. He only married three times (Mildred Williams, Kimberley Conrad and Crystal Harris) but had numerous high-profile dalliances with Barbi Benton, Brande Roderick, Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson and Shannon Tweed to name a few.
In addition to being synonymous with all things sexual, Hugh was also a huge political activist and philanthropist for several causes and public issues. One of which was supporting legalizing same-sex marriage. In 2012, he declared it was “a fight for all our rights. Without it, we will turn back the sexual revolution and return to an earlier, puritanical time.”
Our condolences go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this time.