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Hugh Hefner, Playboy founder, dead at 91, cause of death, wife, children photos

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Hugh Hefner, the 91-year old Playboy magazine founder has reportedly died. Playboy magazine has confirmed the death of its founder.

The magazine while talking about Hugh Hefner cause of death said that the man who lived as a ‘playboy’ himself died peacefully from natural causes. The magazine went on to add that at the time of his death he was surrounded by loved ones.

While you may disagree with his thinking and style, but he lived by what he preached. He may be at fault, as many people thought about his life-style, but no one can accuse him of being a hypocrite. His son, Cooper Hefner, credited his father as living “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.”


His son went on to add, “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, including his wife Crystal, my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston, and all of us at Playboy Enterprises”..

Born in 1926 in Chicago as Hugh Marston Hefner, he graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a double minor in creative writing and art in 1949, earning his degree in two and a half years. Both of his parents were teacher. During the World War II he worked as a writer for a military newspaper in the US Army.

He worked for the Esquire for a couple of years before launching Playboy with $8000 that he had raised from several dozen people. The first issue of the Playboy was a huge hit as it featured Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot and sold over 50,000 copies. In 1961, Hefner watched Dick Gregory perform at the Herman Roberts Show Bar in Chicago. Based on that performance, Hefner hired Gregory to work at the Chicago Playboy Club; Gregory attributed the subsequent launch of his career to that night.
While he had dozens of mistresses and other partners, Hefner married thrice, first with Mildred Williams. The two married in 1949 and their marriage lasted for a decade before they divorced in 1959. He later married Kimberley Conrad and this marriage too lasted for just about a decade, from 1989 to 2010.

At the time of his death he was married to Crystal Harris who is 60 years younger than him. The two married in 2012. In January 2009, Hefner started dating Crystal Harris, joining the Shannon Twins after his previous “number one girlfriend”, Holly Madison, had ended their 7-year relationship. On December 24, 2010, he became engaged to Harris, to become his third wife. Harris broke off their engagement on June 14, 2011, five days before their planned wedding. In anticipation of the wedding, the July issue of Playboy, which reached store shelves and customer’s homes within days of the wedding date, featured Harris on the cover and in a photo spread as well. The headline on the cover read “Introducing America’s Princess, Mrs. Crystal Hefner”. It was later covered on newsstand issues with a sticker that read “Runaway Bride”. The two later reconciled, and on December 31, 2012, Harris and Hefner married at the Playboy Mansion in a small private ceremony; he was 86 and she was 26.


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