Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Dies Aged 91
Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy, has died from natural causes at the age of 91.
He died peacefully at home in Los Angeles, surrounded by his family, Playboy Enterprises said in a statement.
Hefner helped usher in the 1960s sexual revolution with his groundbreaking men’s magazine and built a business empire around his libertine lifestyle.
Born in 1926 in Chicago, Hefner served in the US Army in the mid-1940s. He graduated with a degree in psychology and worked as a copywriter for men’s magazine Esquire before starting Playboy.
Playboy magazine was created 64 years ago to cater to an upscale niche market, it combined images of nude women with, in-depth articles, interviews and fiction by a variety of writers.
Hefner started the publications with $600 and $1000 he borrowed from his mother.
The first magazine centerfold came out in December 1953 featuring nude photos of actress Marilyn Monroe and from there the Playboy magazine took off, becoming an iconic global brand.
“What I created came out of my own adolescent dreams of fantasies,” he told CNN. “I was trying to redefine what it meant to be a young, urban unattached male.”
Hefner was survived by his third wife, Crystal Harris, his sons, Cooper, David and Marston, and his daughter, Christie.
Rest In Peace Hugh Hefner.