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It is a sad day in Playboy history as founder, Hugh Hefner has passed away. His death has been a cause of several hoaxes over the past few years but today, it has been confirmed. Hef, who was 91, passed away in his longtime Holmby Hills home, surrounded by family and friends, according to his rep. The cause of death was natural causes and he will be buried next to Marilyn Monroe. Hefner's career was seemingly revitalized with the hit E! reality show, "The Girls Next Door," which focused on his relationship with his three then-girlfriends, Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Kendra Wilkinson. The show lasted six seasons and made the girls household names. Holly went on to write two best-selling books, exposing her life as Hef's number one girl while marrying Pasquale Rotella and having two children. Kendra married former NFL-er, Hank Baskett and they have two children, as well as a few reality shows and some memoirs to her name. Finally, Bridget is engaged to Nicholas Carpenter and they are attempting to have a child.
Hef leaves behind 4 kids, Christie, David, Cooper, and Marston, from two marriages. His third is with runaway bride, Crystal Hefner, whom he wed in 2012.The mansion was sold for $100 million but the stipulation was that Hef could live there until his passing. No word on what is next for the mansion or the magazine or even his will. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the man who allowed women to feel liberated and free for so long!
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