Founder of Playboy Magazine, Hugh Hefner, passed away Wednesday night, at the age of 91.
Playboy confirmed in a statement:
“The American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognizable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones.”
— Playboy (@Playboy) September 28, 2017
In 1953, Hefner launched Playboy Enterprises, Inc. As well that same year, the magazine’s first edition featuring a nude Marylin Monroe was released.
Cooper Hefner, Chief Creative Officer of Playboy Enterprises, released the following 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 free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom. 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”
His first marriage was in 1949, to Mildred Williams. After having two children together, daughter Christie and son David, they divorced in 1959.
Hefner then purchased the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 1971. He then started documenting his life and that of the Playmates and their relationship together , thus setting the sixth season of E!
After suffering a stroke in 1985, he then went on to marry Kimberley Conrad, and together they had two children, sons Marston Glenn and Cooper Bradford. They later divorced in 2010.
Hefner remained in the Playboy Mansion until his death.