Playboy Magazine Founder Hugh Hefner Dies At 91

The founder of the iconic Playboy magazine Hugh Hefner: has died at age 91. A statement from Playboy said Mr Hefner died “peacefully” and “from natural causes” at The Playboy Mansion. He was “surrounded by loved ones”.

He famously only wore pyjamas at the Playboy Mansion, usually a black-lined red velour smoking jacket and a pair of silk PJs, teamed with black slippers.

So iconic was the look that it inspired dress-up costumes.

Hefner was born on April 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, to teacher parents Grace Caroline and Glenn Lucius Hefner.

Hefner was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 9, 1926. He is the first child of Grace Caroline and Glenn Lucius Hefner, who both worked as teachers.

He worked as a copywriter for Esquire magazine but left in 1952 after they failed to give him a raise. In December of the following year he launched Playboy magazine, using money raised from 45 investors and a bank loan. The first issue featured a nude image of Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 calendar shoot – it sold a staggering 50,000 copies.