Magazine publisher, mogul, and founder of Playboy Hugh Hefner died last night of natural causes at the age of 91 in his California home. He founded Playboy in 1953 with a small budget that would go on to generate notoriety and millions of dollars in revenue for years to come. Hefner, affectionately called “Hef”, was known for his lavish lifestyle and intimate dealings with beautiful younger women. Some of the world’s most influential and famous people in film, sports, music and television have graced the cover and centerfold of Playboy magazine, including but not limited to: Marilyn Monroe, LaToya Jackson, Drew Barrymore, Denise Richards, Pamela Anderson, Bruno Mars, and Anna Nicole Smith. He was a political activist and philanthropist with hopes of leaving behind a long-lasting legacy.
“I would like to be remembered as somebody who has changed the world in some positive way, in a social, sexual sense, and I’d be very happy with that,” Hefner told CNN. “I’m a kid who dreamed the dreams and made them come true.”
He leaves to mourn four children, two ex-wives, 31 years old widow Crystal Harris and a host of family and friends.