Hugh Hefner Dies at Age 91.September 28, 2017
It seems all the icons from the past are leaving their fateful fans.
The latest star to depart is Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine. It was revealed that the icon had passed Wednesday at his Beverly Hills Home at the age of 91.
Playboy Enterprises stated that the late great star passed from natural causes. The magazine was founded more than 60 years ago and created a niche upscale men's magazine, combining images of naked or nude women with in-depth articles, many interviews, and fiction by writers and other subjects.
Hefner reportedly founded the magazine with only $600 and $1000 that was borrowed from his mother. The first centerfold, a feature of the monthly magazine, was of Marilyn Monroe late in 1953.
"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," Cooper Hefner, Playboy Enterprises' chief creative officer, said in the statement.
"He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history," the son added.
The magazine started an open sexual revolution that really kicked off in the 1960s and 70s, in recent years it has struggled in the face of tough competition from the availability of free pornography online. In later but recent years like the mid-2016 and early this year or early 2017, the magazine decided to stray away from the magazine's original style and the way the magazine worked which was releasing nude pictures. However, the magazine returned back to its original ways.
The statement said Playboy magazine was aimed at more than the market for images of nude women.
"Hefner took a progressive approach not only to sexuality and humor, but also to literature, politics, and culture," the statement said, calling the "Playboy Interview," or an extensive discussion between a big-name person and an interviewer, a "standard setter."
Hefner is officially survived by wife Crystal, sons, Cooper, David and Marston; and his daughter, Christie, who became president of the company in 1982 and then CEO until 2009.
BY. JEFFREY WILLIAMS