Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, died in his home on Wednesday due to natural causes. He was 91. A
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hefner’s son, Cooper Hefner, released a statement on his father’s passing, saying, “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.”
He is survived by his son and his wife, Crystal Hefner.
The stars react to Hefner’s passing:
Hugh Hefner was a GIANT in publishing, journalism, free speech & civil rights. He was a true original, and he was my friend. Rest well Hef. pic.twitter.com/bJ1wxoK4gR
— Larry King (@kingsthings) September 28, 2017
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) September 28, 2017
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) September 28, 2017
I had a number of great conversations and with Hugh Hefner. Was such an interesting man. True legend. What an end of an era!
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) September 28, 2017