Hugh Hefner, Founder Of The Playboy Empire, Dies At 91

September 28, 2017

Hugh Hefner: founder of Playboy magazine, businessman and editor, passed away in his home at the Playboy Mansion on September 27th, 2017, at the age of 91.

A significant purveyor of the sexual revolution, Hugh Hefner was like the real-life Jay Gatsby, whose lifestyle appeared almost modeled after a classic Hollywood romantic film, often throwing lavish parties for celebrities and the who's-who of Tinseltown. He would often be seen in his signature smoking jacket, silk pajamas, a sailing hat, and a permanent smile on his face.

At the age of 27, Hefner had just become a father, a husband, and left his job working for a Children's Activities magazine when he published the first issue of Playboy magazine. Despite the vitriol and anger directed towards Hefner from the conservative and modest times of 1960's American society, as well as FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, Playboy went on to become the most successful men's magazine for decades.

Hefner was also an active philanthropist, pushing for First Amendment rights in all of its aspects, raised funds to repair the iconic "Hollywood" sign, donated large sums of money to support animal rescue organizations, environmental conservation groups, film studies, same-sex marriage, and many, many more.

Hugh is survived by his four children Christie HefnerMarston HefnerCooper Hefner and David Hefner