Hugh Hefner, the iconic founder of Playboy magazine, passed away on Wednesday, at his home the Playboy Mansion, of natural causes. He was 91. Hefner was survived by his wife Crystal, sons Cooper, David and Marston and daughter Christie.
Many celebrities took to social media to express their grief post this news. Hefner’s son Cooper, who is also chief creative officer of Playboy, said in a 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.”
In the list of others who shared their condolence are Playmate and actor Jenny McCarthy, who tweeted, “Thank you for being a revolutionary and changing so many people’s lives, especially mine. I hope I made you proud.” Social media is flooded with reactions bidding a goodbye to this legend. See all the messages here:
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) September 28, 2017
RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I’m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo
— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) September 28, 2017
Can anyone honestly stand up at Hugh Hefner’s funeral and say he’s gone to a better place?
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) September 28, 2017
— Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) September 28, 2017
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
RIP to a man who absolutely carpéd the heck out of the diem: Hugh Hefner.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) September 28, 2017
RIP HF. Few did more for writers, inc myself, breaking boundaries and helping Lenny fight for his 1st Amend Rights. pic.twitter.com/Vi4iDgYdCn
— Richard Lewis (@TheRichardLewis) September 28, 2017
— SHERLYN CHOPRA (@SherlynChopra) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner repeatedly likened his life to a romantic movie.