Tributes pour in for Playboy founder Hugh Hefner

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Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dead at 91

High-profile figures from the media world and beyond are paying tribute to Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner.

Playboy said late Wednesday Hefner died from natural causes “surrounded by loved ones” at his Playboy Mansion home in Beverly Hills. He was 91.

Among the first to speak out was Hefner’s son Cooper, who is now the chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises.

“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom,” he said in a statement.

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Celebrities and other public figures took to social media to pay their respects.

“Hugh Hefner was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement,” tweeted the Rev. Jesse Jackson. “We shall never forget him. May he Rest In Peace.”

Gene Simmons, the lead singer of Kiss described Hefner as “a great man, entrepreneur and innovator.”

“One of the nicest men I’ve ever known. Godspeed, Hugh Hefner,” said Nancy Sinatra.

Hefner is survived by his wife, Crystal, and four grown children, Playboy said.

CNNMoney (Hong Kong) First published September 28, 2017: 1:09 AM ET

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