Celebrities React to Death of Cultural Icon, Hugh Hefner

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Hugh Hefner died this Wednesday at the age of 91. Playboy Enterprises announced that he died of natural causes. He was surrounded by friends and family in his final hours at his home in Beverly Hills, infamously known as the Playboy Mansion.

To say his life had a cultural impact on the world would be an understatement. In 1953, at the age of 27, he published the first issue of Playboy with Marilyn Monroe on the cover. Since then, the controversial men’s magazine has evolved into a global brand, branching into film production, clothing and jewelry retail, and chains of clubs, resorts, and casinos. Although the flagship magazine has long been famous for its nude pictorials, its editorial content has remained a progressive platform for pioneering voices through the years, featuring the works of Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Kerouac, and Margaret Atwood.

His social and professional circles have expanded to include some of the greatest artists, celebrities, and influencers of our time. In the wake of his death, many have flocked to social media to honor his memory.

 

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