The World Reacts to the Death of Hugh Hefner

Lena Dunham, Pamela Anderson, Rob Zombie and Gene Simmons have all shared parting words to the divisive 'Playboy' icon
The World Reacts to the Death of Hugh Hefner
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner passed away last night (September 27) at the age of 91. He died peacefully in his Los Angeles home from natural causes, leaving behind his wife Crystal Harris and four children (from two previous marriages).
 
Hefner began his career at a children's magazine, but founded Playboy in 1953. The publication is widely credited with contributing to the sexual revolution of the 1960s, introducing nude and semi-nude photographs of women into the mainstream media. It also published a wide range of journalism and cartoons, as well as short stories by authors like Vladimir Nabokov, Chuck Palahniuk, Haruki Murakami and Margaret Atwood.
 
In his later years, Hefner starred in the reality show The Girls Next Door, which documented his life at the Playboy Mansion with his multiple girlfriends, "Playmates" and celebrity friends.
 
Many famous friends and admirers across Hollywood and the music world have reacted to the news, sharing their memories and condolences on social media. Others have also offered more critical opinions, pointing out the controversial legacy Hefner leaves behind.
 
See a selection of those reactions below.
 
 

Goodbye #Hef Mr Hefner I have so many thoughts, I have no brain n right now to edit I am me because of you You taught me everything important about freedom and respect. Outside of my family You were the most important person in my life. You gave me my life... People tell me all the time That I was your favorite... I'm in such deep shock. But you were old, your back hurt you so much. Last time I saw you You were using a walker. You didn't want me to see. You couldn't hear. You had a piece of paper in your pocket you showed me - with my name Pamela with a heart around it. Now, I'm falling apart. This feeling is so crazy. It's raining in Paris now. I'm by the window. Everything anyone loves about me is because you understood me. Accepted me and encouraged me to be myself. Love like no one else. Live recklessly With unfiltered abandon. You said the magazine was about a girl like me. That I embody the spirit you fantasized about. I was the one. You said. I can hear you say - Be brave. There are no rules. Live your life I'm proud of you. There are no mistakes. And with men - Enjoy ... (Your wonderful laugh) You have the world by the tail You are a good girl And you are so loved - You are not crazy. You are wild and free Stay strong, Stay vulnerable. ... "It's movie time" You loved my boys ... You were always, always there for us. With your love Your crazy wisdom. I will miss your everything. Thank you for making the world a better place. A freeer and sexier place. You were a gentleman charming, elegant, chivalrous And so much fun. Goodbye Hef ... Your Pamela 💋

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