Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner died yesterday at the age of 91 at the iconic ‘Playboy Mansion’ The first woman featured on the first magazine cover in 1953 was the late sex symbol Marilyn Monroe who died in 1962 at the age of 36. Hefner died of natural causes and his family has stated there would be no autopsy. His body left the ‘Mansion’ in the fashionable Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles,under the cover darkness at 6 a.m. this morning with a police escort.
One of Hefner’s four children Cooper Hefner released a statement,”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 for free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom.” Hefner leaves behind his wife, former Playboy playmate, Crystal Harris Hefner,31, who he married in 2012. The couple did not have any children, and she signed a prenuptial agreement before marrying Hefner. A Playboy source said Harris-Hefner “would be taken care of, but she will not inherit any money from the estate.”
He bought a plot next to Marilyn Monroe’s after her 1962 death of a supposed drug overdose. He will be laid to rest next to her at ‘Westwood Village Memorial Park’ which is blocks from the campus of UCLA. Many former Playboy centerfolds and models paid tribute to Hefner today. Actress Pamela Anderson,50, was on the cover of the magazine 14 times, said that Hefner was the most important person in her life, outside of her family. Jenny McCarthy who got her break as a Playboy Playmate and’ Playmate of the Year’ said “RIP Hef, Thank you for being a revolutionary and changing so many lives, especially mine. I hope I made you proud.”