How celebs are reacting to Hugh Hefner’s death
Late Wednesday night, Hugh Hefner passed away at 91 years old due to natural causes. He was the founder of the Playboy empire, a LGBTQ+ ally/activist, a Civil rights ally, and a sexual revolutionary. He is remembered by his wife, Crystal Harris, his four kids, Cooper Hefner,Â Christie Hefner,Â Marston Hefner,Â David Hefner, and millions of adoring fans from across the globe whose lives were changed by his revolutionary magazine.
Read on to see what the celebs had to say about Hugh Hefner’s passing.
â€” Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) September 28, 2017
â€” Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement. We shall never forget him. May he Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/oL3lKLZRQ5
â€” Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) September 28, 2017
Trailblazer. Icon. An American institution! Rest in that big grotto in the sky, Hugh Hefner! pic.twitter.com/9rKnQERPgw
â€” Perez (@ThePerezHilton) September 28, 2017
RIP Hugh Hefner I went to so many of his parties at the Playboy mansion it was legendary you will never be forgotten
â€” juicy j (@therealjuicyj) September 28, 2017
â€” Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) September 28, 2017
â€” Coco (@cocosworld) September 28, 2017
RIP HUGH HEFNER
â€” The Weeknd (@theweeknd) September 28, 2017
â€” Aubrey O’Day (@AubreyODay) September 28, 2017
I met Hugh Hefner at the Playboy mansion. He was very nice to my mom. Don’t ask. #RIPHef
â€” Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) September 28, 2017
RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! Iâ€™m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo
â€” Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 28, 2017
Paris & I are reminiscing about the Playboy parties at the mansion & how much we love Hef. Sheâ€™s texts me the perfect Hef emojis 👯👯👯👯👴🏼👯👯👯👯👯
â€” Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 28, 2017
I had a number of great conversations and with Hugh Hefner. Was such an interesting man. True legend. What an end of an era!
â€” Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner was a GIANT in publishing, journalism, free speech & civil rights. He was a true original, and he was my friend. Rest well Hef. pic.twitter.com/bJ1wxoK4gR
â€” Larry King (@kingsthings) September 28, 2017
â€” Heidi Montag (@heidimontag) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefnerâ€™s definition of obscenity:
â€œRacism, war, bigotry, but sex itself, no. What a sad cold world this would be if we werenâ€™t sexual beings…I mean, thatâ€™s the heart of who we are.â€
â€” bob saget (@bobsaget) September 28, 2017
Goodbye #Hef Mr Hefner I have so many thoughts, I have no brain n right now to edit I am me because of you You taught me everything important about freedom and respect. Outside of my family You were the most important person in my life. You gave me my life… People tell me all the time That I was your favorite… I’m in such deep shock. But you were old, your back hurt you so much. Last time I saw you You were using a walker. You didn’t want me to see. You couldn’t hear. You had a piece of paper in your pocket you showed me – with my name Pamela with a heart around it. Now, I’m falling apart. This feeling is so crazy. It’s raining in Paris now. I’m by the window. Everything anyone loves about me is because you understood me. Accepted me and encouraged me to be myself. Love like no one else. Live recklessly With unfiltered abandon. You said the magazine was about a girl like me. That I embody the spirit you fantasized about. I was the one. You said. I can hear you say – Be brave. There are no rules. Live your life I’m proud of you. There are no mistakes. And with men – Enjoy … (Your wonderful laugh) You have the world by the tail You are a good girl And you are so loved – You are not crazy. You are wild and free Stay strong, Stay vulnerable. … “It’s movie time” You loved my boys … You were always, always there for us. With your love Your crazy wisdom. I will miss your everything. Thank you for making the world a better place. A freeer and sexier place. You were a gentleman charming, elegant, chivalrous And so much fun. Goodbye Hef … Your Pamela 💋
R.I.P. Hugh Hefner 😥 The American Icon who in 1953 introduced the world 2 Playboy mag and built the company into one of the most recognizable American Global brands in history , I am so grateful I had the opportunity to shoot many Playboy celebrity pictorials with u Hefâ¤ï¸ thank u for picking me and Bringing me into the magical world of Playboy ! I just can’t stop crying and I can’t imagine how many bunnies are crying for u too. U are a class act and I will always have gratitude for your kindness 🙏🏼love u Hef #hughhefner #playboy #icon @playboy
If there’s anyone who lived life to the absolute fullest it was youâ€¦ I will never forget the first party I went to at your house…. you welcomed me allowed me to talk to youâ€¦ And then you gave me the microphone and you let me turn up! I told you how I snuck into the Playboy Jazz Festâ€¦ And you said you don’t have to sneak in anymoreâ€¦ And for the past 20 years I’ve sat next to you at the most incredible jazz fest in the world… your spirit and your energy will live foreverâ€¦ And I know the VIP in heaven is off the chain right now… Nothing but love and gratitude
How I (and presumably many other 90s babies) was first was introduced to Hugh Hefner pic.twitter.com/48nTTYNi9t
â€” Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 28, 2017
A girl I went to HS with was one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends for a while(when he had 8 I think)I went to hang with her once. He was nice.🍸
â€” Busy Philipps (@Busyphilipps25) September 28, 2017
Hefner was a controversial figure, and some are acknowledging that, as well.
Hugh Hefner was bad for women.
â€” Shani O. Hilton (@shani_o) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner and I may not have a shared perspective on, you know, stuff BUT he was so lovely on the Playboy Mansion episode of Cesar Millan👯
â€” Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 28, 2017
Wait, is it possible Hugh Hefner did good AND bad things? But… But… *robot head explodes, humans escape from robot hot tub*
â€” Joss Whedon (@joss) September 28, 2017
Whether you hate him or you love him, Hugh Hefner did change the way America perceived sexuality forever and he will always be remembered as a pioneer, a innovator, and a legend. RIP Hugh.