Hugh Hefner, founder Playboy magazine dead

Hugh Hefner, founder Playboy magazine dead

Thursday, September 28, 2017 9:57 am


 

 

FILE PHOTO – Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, twirls a napkin during a performance by Dr. John and the Lower 911 at the 30th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California June 14, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo

 

Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner, 91, is dead.

Hefner who helped usher in the 1960s sexual revolution with his groundbreaking men’s magazine died on Wednesday, Playboy Enterprises said in a statement.

He also built a business empire around his libertine lifestyle.

Hefner, once called the “prophet of pop hedonism” by Time magazine, peacefully passed away at his home.

Hefner was sometimes characterized as an oversexed Peter Pan as he kept a harem of young blondes that numbered as many as seven at his legendary Playboy Mansion.

This was chronicled in “The Girls Next Door,” a TV reality show that aired from 2005 through 2010.

He said that thanks to the impotency-fighting drug Viagra he continued exercising his libido into his 80s.

“I‘m never going to grow up,” Hefner said in a CNN interview when he was 82.

“Staying young is what it is all about for me. Holding on to the boy and long ago I decided that age really didn’t matter and as long as the ladies … feel the same way, that’s fine with me.”

Hefner settled down somewhat in 2012 at age 86 when he took Crystal Harris, who was 60 years younger, as his third wife.

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