Musicians And Stars React To Hugh Hefner's Death
Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:34:42
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died in his beloved Playboy Mansion yesterday, aged 91. Musicians and celebrities the world over took to social media to express their loss of a man whose controversial life and magazine bridged the gap between 50's repression, civil rights, and the sexual revolution.
Hefner founded Playboy Magazine in 1953, partially funding the enterprise using a $1,000 from his mother. Besides the notoriety it immediately received, the magazine consistently maintained a liberal lean, and published articles written by the likes of Ian Fleming, Chuck Palahniuk, Haruki Murakami, and Hunter S. Thompson. Circulation eventually peaked at just over seven million, and the magazine evolved into a multimedia empire.
Citing the ubiquity of internet pornography, beginning in March of 2016 the magazine no longer featured nude photography, a decision that was reversed by February of 2017.
Hefner lived and died in Playboy Mansion, famous for its lavish parties and celebrity guests; it seems like everyone who's anyone has a story of the man, from classic rockers Gene Simmons and Keith Richards, to modern artists Juicy J and The Weeknd, plus the biggest reality stars and, of course, the Bunnies themselves.
One of the nicest men I've ever known. Godspeed, Hugh Hefner. pic.twitter.com/457cchqskO— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) September 28, 2017
RIP Hugh Hefner I went to so many of his parties at the Playboy mansion it was legendary you will never be forgotten— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) September 28, 2017
RIP HUGH HEFNER— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) September 28, 2017
Paris & I are reminiscing about the Playboy parties at the mansion & how much we love Hef. She’s texts me the perfect Hef emojis ð¯ð¯ð¯ð¯ð´ð¼ð¯ð¯ð¯ð¯ð¯— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 28, 2017
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 ð
—The ARTISTdirect Staff