The Publisher's Little Known History as Civil-Rights Activist — RIP Hugh Hefner


Then, Hefner's body was removed from the estate.

"I am so saddened by the passing of @hughhefner I can't get my head around it", she tweeted.

Hefner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1980 after leading the way for the reconstruction of the Hollywood sign. The founder was also a strong advocate for gay marriage, racial equality, animal rescue missions, and Barack Obama's re-election.

After serving his time in the military Hef went on to college and studied at the Chicago Art Institute for a summer before he enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

"He was a #Legend, innovator, genius, one of a kind with a heart of gold".

Holly has yet to comment on the news. And the bragged-about dream of perpetual, intimacy-less sex was reportedly only kept aloft by loads of viagra for Hef and quaaludes, weed and alcohol for the women.

Hugh's son Cooper Hefner, who is the chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, praised his father for living an "exceptional and impactful life", and admitted he would be "greatly missed". Hefner's bootstrap hedonism was consciously democratic. He wrote that Mexican public relations staffers treated him like a "high-style dignitary", referring to him as Señor Playboy. Hefner also sold products and services branded with the unmistakable logo. As a result, it had trouble breaking into Southern markets. TMZ has learned planning is underway for a celebration of his life at the Mansion.

As Hefner puts it, "I was a very idealistic, very romantic kid in a very typically Midwestern Methodist repressed home".

The Playboy man was forward-looking and daring. Inquiring minds want to know. "Goodbye #Hef", the 50-year-old began.

Simmons tweeted out the same picture writing, "We love you". The couple had two children, Marston and Cooper.

"Thank u for picking me and Bringing me into the magical world of Playboy!".

"Well, I suppose you could find some parallels".

Playboy Enterprises confirmed Hefner's death due to natural causes.

According to Gradow, Hefner was always very generous with her family and she has been coming to the mansion since she was little. "She is without question the definitive sex icon of our time".

"Hugh Hefner, or 'Hef' as he preferred to be called, played a crucial role in the early days of NORML".

If Metropoulos does keep the estate intact, it is going to need serious shaping up. They split in 1998, but remained on good terms.