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Hugh Hefner remembered by stars, pals, and Playboy Bunnies as a 'legend'

The first issue of Playboy magazine with Marilyn Monroe on the cover and signed by Hugh Hefner on page three is displayed at Julien's Auction House in Beverly Hills California The first issue of Playboy magazine with Marilyn Monroe on the cover was signed by Hugh Hefner
Lamar Ellis | 29 September, 2017, 00:17

It all began for Hugh Hefner more than 60 years ago in his kitchen.

Hefner was also an active philanthropist, pushing for First Amendment rights in all of its aspects, raised funds to fix the iconic "Hollywood" sign, donated large sums of money to support animal rescue organizations, environmental conservation groups, film studies, same-sex marriage, and many, many more. "Rest In Peace #hughhefner", Banks said alongside a photo of the Playboy magazine she appeared on.

But the entrepreneur was also a staunch advocate for gay rights in his lifetime - particularly at a time when famous heterosexual allies were few.

Tweed posted a photo on Instagram of a younger Hefner smoking a pipe, where she simply wrote that he changed the world. You were always sweet to me on movie nights at the mansion.

Stand-up comedian Richard Lewis chimed in, "RIP HF".

His magazine expanded to an enterprise that included clothing, a successful televesion series and more.

Lewis was referring to Hefner's support for comedian Lenny Bruce's fight over the First Amendment.

"Without question, love in its various permutations is what we need more of in this world", Hefner said.

Norman Lear: We've lost a true explorer, a man who had a keen sense of the future.

Hugh, a father-of-two, leaves behind his widow - third wife Crystal Harris, 31.

Kendra, Bridget, and Holly Madison became household names when they starred in E! reality show The Girls Next Door between 2005 and 2009, with the show following their lives as Hefner's girlfriends.

Playboy magazine publisher Hugh Hefner holds a copy of the magazine and a video cassette from the Playboy Channel. "People tell me all the time". We had so many fun & incredible memories together. I was fortunate to know him as a neighbor and friend and I extend my deepest sympathies to his family.

Celebs that formerly graced the covers of Playboy also paid tribute.

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