Hugh Hefner, who was the founder of infamous Playboy magazine and who brought a sexual revolution in 60s by bringing out the taboo topic of sex in open, reportedly passed away at his Playboy mansion because of natural causes on Wednesday night. He was 91.
Hefner started the magazine in 1953 with $600 loan against his furniture and investments from family members with a total of $8,000. His magazine shot to fame when he published the first issue of Playboy, featuring naked photos of Marilyn Monroe and an editorial promise of humor, sophistication and spice. His men’s magazine helped spur sexual revolution. He built the magazine into a multimillion-dollar entertainment empire.
Hefner later stepped in the business of TV shows, jazz festivals and a chain of Playboy Clubs whose cocktail waitresses wore bunny ears and cottontails.
Reports state that Hefner, left behind a legacy worth million dollars. According to the latest estimates, at the time of his death the iconic founder had an estimated net worth of about $50 million.
The official handle of Playboy shared the news of his death.
Sherlyn Chopra, who also posed nude for Playboy, wrote a heartfelt message for late Hugh Hefner on a photo sharing portal