His son Cooper Hefner, who is chief creative officer at Playboy Enterprises, issued a statement that read, “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 defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history,” he added.
in the wake of Hugh Hefner’s death, it has been revealed that the Playboy mogul paid $75,000 in 1992 to purchase a crypt in California’s Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery situated next to the one holding Marilyn Marilyn Monroe. But the story has since been met with disdain, observers claiming it to be an invasion of the icon’s burial space considering the pair’s history.
Despite their perceived connection, however, Hefner confessed in 2011 that the pair had never actually met. In truth, Hefner paid $500 for old nude photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken before she was famous, and made them the centrepiece of Playboy’s inaugural issue. He never sought permission from Marilyn Monroe as to their publication.
Marilyn Monroe was the covergirl for the first issue of Playboy Magazine in 1953, which dubbed her the issue’s “Sweetheart of the Month”, a predecessor to the better-known “Playmate of the Month”. The photographs caused a scandal upon the release of the issue, with Marilyn Monroe forced to give an interview in which she sought forgiveness for the shots in an effort to save her then-fledgling career. She explained that they were taken at a time when she was desperately in need of money.
“I’m a believer in things symbolic,” Hefner told the Los Angeles Times in 2009. “Spending eternity next to Marilyn is too sweet to pass up.”
Hefner’s purchasing of Marilyn Monroe’s neighbouring crypt has been met with significant disappointment across social media, with one popular tweet joking that “you can’t even be alone in death without a man coming over and going ‘so, is this seat taken?'”
Hefner, the founder of Playboy, died yesterday from natural causes at the age of 91. Hefner died peacefully at home surrounded by his family, Playboy Enterprises said in a statement.