Within minutes of learning of the Playboy founder's shock death, there was an outpouring of messages and sentimental tributes from those that knew the controversial businessman.
Started in 1953, Playboy first burst onto the scene as a male focused adult magazine but quickly became known for its fine writing and groundbreaking stance on hot topics such as civil rights, female rights and of course, nudity. The Playboy issue with Marilyn Monroe on the cover helped launch Playboy as the most recognized brand that promotes se*xual freedom till date.
Since Hefner's death, it has emerged that the millionaire will be buried next to Monroe in LA's Westwood Village cemetery, according to the Independent.
The magazine published nude photos of its Playboy Bunnies along with shots of stars Pamela Anderson, Kate Moss, Madonna and Cindy Crawford.
Hefner reportedly founded the magazine with $600 and another $1,000 borrowed from his mother.
Hefner said he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Miss Harris and he insisted that their age gap didn't matter. And in June, the family sold the mansion for $200 million.
Hefner married thrice and had four children-three boys and a girl.
The pages of Playboy (and Hefner's L.A. mansion) were often a playground for numerous world's biggest artists.
Hefner is survived by his wife, Crystal, daughter Christie and sons David, Marston and Cooper.
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