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Playboy Founder & American Icon Hugh Hefner Died at Age 91

Playboy Founder & American Icon Hugh Hefner Died at Age 91

Playboy founder & American icon Hugh M. Hefner has died at the age of 91 years old.  He founded Playboy magazine in 1953 and built it into one of the most recognizable American global brands in history.  He started the magazine from his kitchen table 64 years ago after serving in the army, attending college and working for a few years in the magazine industry.  He put up his furniture as collateral for a loan and borrowed the rest from family and friends.  The first issue of Playboy was published in December of 1953, and was as an instant sensation.

” Playboy Founder & American Icon Hugh Hefner Died at Age 91 “

When the U.S. Post Office refused to deliver Playboy to subscribers through the mail, he fought all the way to the Supreme Court, winning a landmark decision which was widely considered a victory for free speech. He fought the country’s archaic “sodomy laws,” firmly believing that the government had no place in American bedrooms.

He passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion.  He is survived by his wife Crystal, four grown children, Christie, who served as CEO of Playboy Enterprise for more than 20 years, David, Marston and Cooper, who currently serves as Chief Creative Officer at the company.

Source: Official Press Release

 

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About Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
Playboy is one of the most recognized and popular consumer brands in the world. Playboy Enterprises, Inc. is a media and lifestyle company that markets the brand through a wide range of media properties and licensing initiatives. The company publishes Playboy magazine in the United States and licenses foreign editions of Playboy around the world; operates Playboy.com, a leading men’s lifestyle and entertainment site; and creates content for distribution via television networks, websites, mobile platforms and radio. Through licensing agreements, the Playboy brand appears on a wide range of consumer products in more than 180 countries, as well as retail stores and entertainment venues. For more information about Playboy Enterprises, please visit www.PlayboyEnterprises.com.


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