Hugh Hefner has died, according to a Twitter post by Playboy. He died of “natural causes” according to a press release from Playboy.
You can see the tweet announcing his passing below.
Here is what you need to know:
1. Hefner’s Health Had Been Rapidly Declining in Recent Years
According to TMZ, Henfer’s health had been declining over the past couple of years. Back in August, his son Cooper opened up about his dad’s health.
“It’s tough to watch him struggle, but I’m just happy it’s physical and not mental,” Cooper told The Hollywood Reporter.
About a year ago, a source told Page Six that Hefner hadn’t been doing well and that the then-90-year-old had lost a significant amount of weight.
“He looks like he is down to around 90 pounds and super sick. His people are really trying to keep this under wraps. You even have to sign a confidentiality agreement to go up to see him,” the source told the outlet.
2. Hefner Had Not Been Seen in Public Since May 2016
Hefner had been out of the public eye for well over a year before his death, according to the Daily Mail. He was fairly quiet on social media, but had been more active on Twitter in recent weeks. After a four-month hiatus, Hefner took to the platform to send out the following tweet in honor of his dear friend, Janet Pilgrim.
Hefner sent out a couple of more tweets about Pilgrim and then stayed off of Twitter until the death of another friend in August.
A few weeks later, Hefner sent out the following tweets.
His very last tweets were posted on September 19. Both posts were about helping others that had been affected by the recent hurricanes. You can read them below.
3. Hefner Sold the Playboy Mansion Back in August 2016
The Playboy Mansion was purchased by Hostess Brands heir Daren Metropoulos for $100 million. Hefner and Metropoulos agreed that the mogul would live in the mansion, keeping to himself (for the most part) until he passed away.
Hefner made quite the profit from the property, which was purchased by Playboy for approximately $1.1 million back in 1971.
“The property…sits amid 5 acres (2 hectares) in Holmby Hills, west of Los Angeles, and includes 29 rooms, a tennis court and a free-form swimming pool – and has a zoo license. It is home to the famous Playboy grotto, which over the years served as the setting for some of Hefner’s most lavish, hedonistic parties,” Reuters reported around the time of the sale.
4. Hefner Is Most Known for Founding Playboy Magazine
The very first cover model was Marilyn Monroe back in 1953. Over the years, some of the hottest women in the world have landed the cover of the iconic magazine, including Cindy Crawford, Pamela Anderson, Madonna, Sharon Stone, and Kim Kardashian.
“Hefner’s magazine brought female nudity out of bachelor parties and into living rooms, and it played a leading role in the sexual revolution of the 1960s. His tinseled soirées at his exclusive Los Angeles pad became the stuff of legend, filled with celebrity friends and scantily clad models. Hefner often worked the room in a red smoking jacket with a pipe hanging from his mouth,” NBC News wrote in their news post about Hefner’s passing.
5. Hefner Was Married Three Times & Had 4 Children
Hefner is survived by his wife, Crystal Hefner, and his four children (from previous relationships); Christine, David, Marston, and Cooper.
Hefner was previously married to Millie Williams from 1948 until 1959. The couple had two children, Christine and David. In 1989, Hefner married Kimberly Conrad. They had Marston and Cooper together. Hefner and Conrad split in 2010. Hefner dated a few women over the next two years, but settled down again with Crystal Hefner in 2012.
The couple almost didn’t get married, however, as Harris broke up with Hefner days before their scheduled wedding back in 2011.
“I think the real problems began a couple of months before the wedding… We went to London, about five or six weeks before, and things did not seem quite the way they ought to be. She was preparing a song for the first time and I think her focus was on that. But in the weeks immediately afterward, as we got very close to the marriage, you know, something was not right. But I didn’t see it coming, I truly didn’t see it coming,” Hefner told Piers Morgan at the time.
Hefner and Harris reconciled and ended up tying the knot at the Playboy Mansion. Hefner made the official announcement on Twitter.