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Hugh Hefner, the man behind the Playboy empire and Playboy Enterprises, Inc., died on Wednesday from natural causes. He was 91.

Hefner founded Playboy magazine in 1953, launching the then-controversial publication with Marilyn Monroe on the cover. Hefner later became known for the Playboy mansion, which he sold in 2016 for $100 million. He has launched the careers of the likes Pamela Anderson, Kendra Wilkinson, Holly Madison and Bridget Marquardt.

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Hefner is survived by his four children and wife Crystal Harris, who reportedly signed an “ironclad” prenuptial agreement and therefore won’t be inheriting any of his $43 million fortune.

The late trailblazer will be remembered for his contributions to sexual liberation and freedom of expression.


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