The leader of the sexual revolution in the 1960s, Hugh Hefner, has passed away at the age of 91. Hefner was most notably known for creating Playboy magazine in 1953 highlighting nude women with intelligent interviews. Hugh’s son, Cooper, confirmed the death of his father Wednesday night at the Playboy Mansion.
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“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’s statement read.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hugh died from natural causes.
Hugh was born April 9, 1926, in Chicago. His parents were strict and religious, and he joined the Army after graduating from high school. He later graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Psychology.
Hugh lived in the Playboy Mansion, a 22,000 square foot, lavish home filled with hundreds of beautiful models in Holmby Hills, California. He would hold one-of-a-kind parties that often featured the grotto, a popular hangout of Hugh’s.
The 91-year-old lived a life that many envied, but he wasn’t always famous and rich. Before the fame, Hugh struggled. In Dec. 1953, he had to borrow $8,000 from a friend which he used to create Playboy. The first issue was released in 1953, all shot and written by Hugh in his home in Chicago.
The first issue was a success as it featured a centerfold nude picture of Marilyn Monroe, according to Enews. The issue sold over 50,000 copies and Hugh’s life was forever changed. The nude photos were the incentive for plenty of men who bought the magazine, but Hugh swore some men bought it to “read the articles.”
In its 60 years of operation, Playboy magazine broke the negative stigma attached to women posing nude. “Hefner took a progressive approach not only to sexuality and humor, but also to literature, politics and culture,” a statement read after the magazine received national backlash in its early years.
Hefner is survived by his wife Crystal, his sons Cooper, David and Marston, and his daughter, Christie.
Below is video from MTV Cribs’s visit to the Playboy Mansion.