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.
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) September 28, 2017
We’ve lost a true explorer, a man who had a keen sense of the future. We learned a lot from you Mr. Hefner. #HughHefner
— Norman Lear (@TheNormanLear) September 28, 2017
— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) September 28, 2017
— Mädchen Amick (@madchenamick) September 29, 2017
— Naomi Campbell (@NaomiCampbell) September 28, 2017
— Mr. Kenneth Cole (@mr_kennethcole) September 28, 2017
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) September 28, 2017
— Marilyn Monroe (@MarilynMonroe) September 28, 2017
— Bridget Marquardt (@Bridget) September 28, 2017
Hefner. A giant of cultural influence.
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) September 28, 2017
I had a number of great conversations and with Hugh Hefner. Was such an interesting man. True legend. What an end of an era!
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) September 28, 2017
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) September 28, 2017
Paris & I are reminiscing about the Playboy parties at the mansion & how much we love Hef. She’s texts me the perfect Hef emojis 👯👯👯👯👴🏼👯👯👯👯👯
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 28, 2017
— Ron Jeremy (@RealRonJeremy) September 28, 2017
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R.I.P. Hugh Hefner 😥 The American Icon who in 1953 introduced the world 2 Playboy mag and built the company into one of the most recognizable American Global brands in history , I am so grateful I had the opportunity to shoot many Playboy celebrity pictorials with u Hef❤️ thank u for picking me and Bringing me into the magical world of Playboy ! I just can't stop crying and I can't imagine how many bunnies are crying for u too. U are a class act and I will always have gratitude for your kindness 🙏🏼love u Hef #hughhefner #playboy #icon @playboy
Hugh Hefner and I may not have a shared perspective on, you know, stuff BUT he was so lovely on the Playboy Mansion episode of Cesar Millan👯
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 28, 2017
Can't really put in to words how I really feel. It's easy to say he will be missed and how much I loved him. There's a lot more than that
— Kendra Wilkinson (@KendraWilkinson) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner’s definition of obscenity:
“Racism, war, bigotry, but sex itself, no. What a sad cold world this would be if we weren’t sexual beings…I mean, that’s the heart of who we are.”
— bob saget (@bobsaget) September 28, 2017
— Taran Killam (@TaranKillam) September 28, 2017
I met Hugh Hefner at the Playboy mansion. He was very nice to my mom. Don't ask. #RIPHef
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) September 28, 2017
There are currently 25 playboy bunnies being released back into the wild. #RIPHef
— Fortune Feimster (@fortunefunny) September 28, 2017
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) September 28, 2017