Hugh Hefner, the Visionary Founder of Playboy, Has Died
He was 91.
BY Andrew Dalton | Sep 28, 2017 | Culture
Playboy magazine founder and sexual revolution symbol Hugh Hefner has died. He was 91. The magazine released a statement saying Hefner died at his home of natural causes Wednesday night surrounded by family.
Founding the magazine in 1953, Hefner built a brand that defined the sexual culture of the second half of the 20th century. Playboy's buxom models were the objects of millions of men's fantasies as Hefner challenged what he derided as America's "Puritanical" attitudes toward sex.
For decades, he was the pipe-smoking, silk-pajama-wearing centre of a constant fantasy party at Playboy mansions in Chicago and then in Los Angeles.
Andrew Dalton is a writer for the Associated Press.