Hugh Hefner, legendary media icon and founder of the Playboy empire, passed away on September 27, 2017, at the infamous Playboy mansion. He died of natural causes.
Hef, as he liked to be called, used photos of Marilyn for the first ever edition of Playboy magazine in 1953. Her images helped launch the media empire, which made Hefner famous, and the two never even met personally. The first issue of Playboy sold over 50,000 copies thanks to Marilyn’s own stardom.
“I would like to be remembered as somebody who has changed the world in some positive way, in a social, sexual sense, and I’d be very happy with that,” Hefner told CNN. “I’m a kid who dreamed the dreams and made them come true.”
Interesting Fact: Jimmy Carter made headlines after granting Playboy an interview during his 1976 campaign for president.
Hefner will be buried in the crypt immediately to the left of Marilyn Monroe at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. It’s reported that he bought the crypt in 1992 for $75,000.00.
Read more about Hugh Hefner’s rise to fame and his media empire here.