Hugh Hefner Dies: Celebrities React

Hugh Hefner, the iconic founder of Playboy and ‘60s sexual revolutionary, whose penchant for blondes and for dressing sharp were as familiar as the risqué entertainment empire he created in the ‘50s, has died at 91.  

Hefner, who passed away Wednesday (Oct. 27) from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, tried his hand at all forms of media, including hosting his own TV shows and appearing for cameos in several films, all extending from the flagship Playboy magazine, for which he served as editor-in-chief. Today, the brand generates some $1 billion in global revenue. 

The pages of Playboy (and Hefner’s L.A. mansion) were often a playground for many of the world’s biggest artists. The "Playboy Interview" debuted in 1962 when frequent contributor Alex Haley interviewed jazz legend Miles Davis. In years to come, its subjects would include The Beatles and the likes of Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Mariah Carey and Dolly Parton would grace its cover or participate in ranging Q&As.

Stars from the world of music and entertainment turned to social media to remember Hef, the entrepreneur who mixed business with pleasure like no other.


RIP my friend. You changed the world.

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Goodnight Playboy.

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RIP #HughHefner

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