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Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Dies at Age 91

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died at his Playboy Mansion home on Wednesday due to natural causes. He was 91.

An iconic name behind an even more iconic brand, Hefner was one of America’s best-known businessmen, a media magnate conquering more than five decades in the publishing industry.

Born Hugh Marston Hefner on April 9, 1926, in Chicago, Ilinois, Hefner was the oldest of two boys born to Grace and Glenn Hefner. He graduated high school in 1944 and joined the Army. He later earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Hefner was working as copywriter at Esquire in the 1952 when he left after being denied a $5 raise. The first issue of Playboy was released just a year later with just $8,000 in investments — $1,000 of which came from his mother. That issue sold more than 50,000 copies. More than sixty years and even more Playboy Bunnies later, the magazine sells millions of copies each month and Hefner passed away with a net worth of $50 million.

Hugh is set to be buried at the Westwood Village Memorial Park in LA, next his very first Playboy cover girl: Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn died back in 1962, and 30 years later, Hugh purchased the cemetery plot next to her for $75,000.

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Kendra Wilkinson has broken her silence following the news”Hef changed my life,” the Playboy model, 32, told the Associated Press in a statement. “He made me the person I am today. I couldn’t be more thankful for our friendship and our time together. I will miss him so much but he will be in my heart forever.”

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