LiquidAE.com was saddened to learn Playboy Enterprises founder and chief creative officer Hugh Hefner passed away on September 27, 2017. The lifestyle icon, and creator and publisher of ‘Playboy Magazine’ was 91 years old.
Born in Chicago, IL, the famed California resident lived a long, exciting life. Many will remember Hefner for both surrounding himself with pretty girls in a lush mansion and making nude photos classy and artistic. He was so much more than that.
Hefner was an outspoken activist and generous philanthropist.
A graduate of The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and former newspaper writer for US Army, Hefner departed a role with iconic men’s magazine ‘Esquire’ to launch his own publication. Known for its photos, ‘Playboy’ also gave its writers a platform to be bold, creative, and vocal. People stating they read the magazine “for the articles” became a longstanding running joke. While it did tend to run humorous pieces from time to time, many of its articles tackled serious, hard-hitting topics.
Hefner was a fearless supporter of the First Amendment. He was likewise unafraid to express his political views or displeasure with the decisions of our country’s political parties. He too expressed his support of same-sex marriage.
Hefner also reached in his wealthy pockets to contribute to USC School of Cinematic Arts, animal rescue, and the restoration of the Hollywood sign among other noble causes.
We offer our sincerest condolences to Hefner’s family, friends and loved one.
Rest In Peace, Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) |
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