News of porn icon's death on Wednesday night takes over Twitter as stars from all walks of entertainment pay tribute.
"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," Hefner's son, Cooper Hefner, said in a statement on Wednesday night.
Playboy also shared the news on Twitter, where his name immediately became the No. 1 trending topic. According to the magazine, Hefner died peacefully, surrounded by friends and family.
Through the years, Hefner has convinced many celebrities to pose naked -- or nearly naked -- in his magazine, including Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Lindsay Lohan, Kate Moss, Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Joan Collins, Drew Barrymore and Kim Kardashian.
His own fame only grew as he got older, making a number of cameos in movies, producing a few, and most memorably, starring in a E! reality show "The Girls Next Door," which focused on Hefner's girlfriends Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson.
Reactions from Hollywood, where Hefner's iconic Playboy Mansion stands (but was sold in August for $100 million), and beyond are pouring in. TooFab will update this post as stars of movies, television, music, comedy, literature and, of course, the pornography business react to the news. There are a lot of people who going to miss this man, and the epic Playboy parties he threw.
Neil Strauss, author of "The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists," shared this message upon learning the news.
RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I’m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 28, 2017
Paris & I are reminiscing about the Playboy parties at the mansion & how much we love Hef. She’s texts me the perfect Hef emojis 👯👯👯👯👴🏼👯👯👯👯👯— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) 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— Larry King (@kingsthings) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner. He came. He saw. He came. He came. He came. He came....came...— Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) September 28, 2017
THANK YOU HUGH HEFNER— billy eichner (@billyeichner) 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!— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) September 28, 2017
RIP HUGH HEFNER— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) September 28, 2017
One of the nicest men I've ever known. Godspeed, Hugh Hefner. pic.twitter.com/457cchqskO— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) 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— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) September 28, 2017
Wow...just read the news. Rest In Peace Hugh Hefner. Your legacy and soul shall live on!— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) September 28, 2017
Thank you Hugh Hefner for being a defender of civil rights, a champion of free speech, and of course, all the boners— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) September 28, 2017
lived. RIP :pray::skin-tone-5:— RICHELLE RYAN (@RICHELLERYAN) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner fucked Playboy centerfolds for 60 years. Heaven better step up its game.— Jim Norton (@JimNorton) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner, in my brief experience, created a mansion full of worried under-clad girls, mildew, and the ghost-scent of James Caan's balls.— Jeff B. Davis (@JeffBryanDavis) September 28, 2017
As per his wishes, Hugh Hefner’s body will be left in a fort in the woods for other kids to find & pass around.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 28, 2017
I met Hugh Hefner at the Playboy mansion. He was very nice to my mom. Don't ask. #RIPHef— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) September 28, 2017
Rest in peace #HughHefner - he will forever be remembered as the Hollywood legend who lived life to the fullest.— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner, who lived a full, compassionate & amazing life, has passed. This has to be hard on,,,maybe not the perfect words,,,many.#RIPHef— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) September 28, 2017
RIP Hef. You broke the mold. #HughHefner— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) September 28, 2017
Raise a glass of scotch up for #HughHefner tonight. An American original. RIP.— Kevin Connors (@kevconnorsespn) September 28, 2017
RIP #HughHefner you taught a lot of us about the birds and the bees. Not me but a lot of us.— Pej Vahdat (@pejvahdat) September 28, 2017
Rest In Peace to an absolute icon of a man Hugh Hefner🐰— Sean O'Donnell (@TheSeanODonnell) September 28, 2017
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 Hef❤️ 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
I am beyond sad to hear @hughhefner has passed away. I feel this man has changed my life like he has for so many like @carmenelectra @pamelaanderson etc. I am so grateful to Hef and for @playboy in believing in me and putting me on the their celebrity covers in 2005 and 2009. (I was Never a Playmate) When Hef put me on the 2005 celebrity cover and named me the "Sexiest Swimsuit Model in the World" it opened some amazing doors. I will forever be grateful for those opportunities that allowed me to pursue my dreams. #rip #hughhefner you are a true legend and will be missed! And let's not forget the amazing parties at the mansion! No one can top that!
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