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Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies At 91

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies At 91
September 29
07:43 2017

Founder of Playboy Magazine, Hugh Hefner, is dead.

Hefner, according to Playboy Enterprise, “was surrounded by loved ones and peacefully passed away yesterday from natural causes at his home.” He was 91.

In a statement, Hefner’s son, Cooper said that his 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 said: “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.”

Hefner’s dream of running his own magazine began while he was working as a copy editor at Esquire in 1952, and the following year he secured enough funding to launch Playboy.

The December 1953 inaugural issue featured none other than Marilyn Monroe as its cover girl, and the magazine would go on to become a multibillion-dollar empire ¯ including TV series, websites, DVDs and endless licensed merchandise ¯ and one of the most recognizable brands in the world.

In the 1960s, Hefner became the public face of the company and was known for his smoking jacket, his pipe and the assurance that wherever he was, a bevy of beautiful women surrounded him. He launched a series of private key clubs that he staffed with hostesses known as Bunnies for their now-iconic uniforms that included ears and a tail.

Hefner was arrested in 1963 and charged with selling obscene literature after publishing nude photos of actress Jayne Mansfield. The charges were dropped after a jury was unable to reach a verdict, but the experience led Hefner to launch the Playboy Foundation, which provided funding to groups researching human sexuality and fighting censorship.

The Playboy founder suffered a minor stroke in 1985, just a few weeks shy of his 59th birthday.

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