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Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton Lead Celeb Tributes To Late Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy, has died aged 91.

Hefner launched the iconic Playboy Magazine over 60 years ago – the first publication to dedicate itself nude images of famous women, as well as emerging models, actresses and singers.

Hefner began the business from his own kitchen, but the magazine went on to become the largest-selling men’s magazine in the world, shifting seven million copies a month at its peak.

Playboy Enterprises announced his passing in a statement. It read:

“Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognizable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones.”

An announcement was also made on Twitter.

The original Playboy leaves behind his wife Crystal Harris, 31, who he married in 2012 as well as four children.

Cooper Hefner, the legends youngest son took over all major parts of his father’s business back in 2014 – he paid tribute, saying he would “be 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 [Harris, later Hefner], my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston, and all of us at Playboy Enterprises.”

Many celebs have taken to social media to celebrate the life of the 91-year-old. Kim Kardashian, who posed nude for the magazine, lead the tributes.

She wrote: “RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I’m so honoured to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo”

https://twitter.com/ParisHilton/status/913292552308129792

Paris Hilton, another reality TV star who has appeared on the front cover of Playboy, tweeted: “Love you Hef. #Legend #RIPHEf”

https://twitter.com/Bridget/status/913282531633401856

Bridget Marquardt, who was one of Hefner’s girlfriends and appeared in the television show Girls Next Door, which depicted her and Hefner’s other girlfriends in the Playboy Mansion, said “forever grateful for all the wonderful memories and amazing experiences.”

The magazine mogul became famous for his hedonism, dating and marrying Playboy models, and throwing decadent parties at the luxurious Playboy mansion in Los Angeles.