American magazine publisher, editor, businessman Hugh Marston Hefner “Playboy” founder “peacefully passed on to glory yesterday from natural causes at his home” in in Los Angeles on Wednesday 27 September at aged 91.
Playboy magazine was launched in 1953, which became an iconic global brand.
His death was announced by his son Cooper Hefner saying: he would be “greatly missed by many”.
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. He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history. He will be greatly missed by many, including his wife Crystal, my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston, and all of us at Playboy Enterprises.
Hugh Hefner once said,”I am a kid in a candy store, “I dreamed impossible dreams, and the dreams turned out beyond anything I could possibly imagine. I’m the luckiest cat on the planet.”
Playboy magazine interviewees mny personality included civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, Beatle John Lennon, and Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro.
Huge sales were certainly driven by glossy colour pictures of nude “playmates”, but it also developed a reputation for fine writing, with Norman Mailer, Kingsley Amis, Kurt Vonnegut, James Baldwin, Vladimir Nabokov and Ray Bradbury among its contributors.