Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies at 91
Mr. Playboy Hugh Hefner has died aged 91. It was announced in a press release, saying Hefner died in his home at the Playboy Mansion of natural causes on Wednesday (Sept. 27).
Hefner founded Playboy in 1953 with $600 of his own money and built the magazine into a multimillion-dollar entertainment empire that at its 1970s peak included TV shows, a jazz festival and a string of Playboy Clubs whose cocktail waitresses wore bunny ears and cottontails.
Over the years, the legend of “Hef” only grew as he bedded hundreds of young women, married a few of his magazine’s “Playmates” and cavorted on reality TV shows with a stable of girlfriends less than a third his age.
Hefner is survived by his wife, Crystal, daughter Christie and sons David, Marston and Cooper. He will be buried in a mausoleum in Westwood Memorial Park, where, in the mid-1990s, Hefner bought the drawer next to that of Marilyn Monroe, his first cover girl, for his final resting place.