91 years old Hugh Hefner who is the Playboy Founder Dies:

Playboy Magazine iconic founder Hugh Hefner “The Hef” who built an empire out of his lecherous lifestyle has died. Hefner passed on at the mansion on Wednesday from natural causes. He was aged 91.

Playboy Enterprises confirmed his death, saying he was surrounded by loved ones at the time of his death.

“Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognisable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones,” Playboy confirmed in a statement. “He was 91 years old.”

The media mogul lived a long and rich life with lots of moments that will forever be remembered in the entertainment industry. Irrespective of his Christian background, Hefner was sometimes characterized as an oversexed Peter Pan as he kept a harem of young blonde ladies, numbering as many as seven at his legendary Playboy Mansion. You literally can’t see him without spotting a near-naked or naked blonde by his side or somewhere in the background. He said he had the impotency-fighting drug Viagra to thank for his libido into his 80s.

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Hugh Marston Hefner was born on 9 April 1926 to strict Methodist parents. He was the eldest of two brothers who served two years in the Army during World War II before finding a job at Esquire as a copywriter.

Hugh Marston Hefner was born on 9 April 1926 to strict Methodist parents. He was the eldest of two brothers who served two years in the Army during World War II before finding a job at Esquire as a copywriter.

By 1953 he had saved up to $8,000 which he used to put the first issue of Playboy together. The debut issue hit newsstands in December that year and included an old nude photo of Marilyn Monroe. The issue sold more than 50,000 copies.

The raunchy groundbreaking men’s magazine soon became forbidden fruit for teenagers and a regular companion for men with time and money. Circulation skyrocketed within a year to almost 200,000 and by five years, it had topped 1 million.

By the 1970s, the magazine had more than 7 million readers and had inspired other raunchier imitations like Penthouse and Hustler. As a result of the competition coupled with the internet, the magazine’s circulation took a nosedive to less than 3 million by the 21st century, and the number of issues published annually was cut from 12 to 11. In 2015, Playboy ceased publishing images of naked women, citing the proliferation of nudity on the internet. Nevertheless, Hefner and his Playboy Magazine remained brand names worldwide.

In an interview explaining the popularity of the magazine he said: “Even before I started writing the philosophy, there was a point of view in the magazine…Prior to that, you couldn’t run nude pictures without some kind of rationale that they were art.” Aside from his Playboy Magazine, Hefner also had a career in television as a talk show host and made cameo appearances in movies. Hefner’s son Cooper in 2015 took Business Insider on a tour of the mansion his family called home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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