Crystal Hefner Breaks Silence on Hugh Hefner's Death: 'He Was an American Hero'
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"I am heartbroken. I am still in disbelief," the Playboy playmate says in first statement since Hef's death.

Hugh Hefner's wife of almost five years just broke her silence on the Playboy founder's death.

Crystal Hefner, 31, released a statement following Hef's funeral at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles on Sept. 30. The pornography icon -- who died at the age of 91 on Sept. 27 -- was laid to rest next to Marilyn Monroe.

Here's her statement in full, via People:

I haven't been able to bring myself to write most people back to thank them for their condolences. I am heartbroken. I am still in disbelief. We laid him to rest Saturday. He is in the place he was always certain he wanted to spend eternity.

He was an American hero. A pioneer. A kind and humble soul who opened up his life and home to the world. I felt how much he loved me. I loved him so much. I am so grateful. He gave me life. He gave me direction. He taught me kindness. I will feel eternally grateful to have been by his side, holding his hand, and telling him how much I love him. He changed my life, he saved my life. He made me feel loved every single day. He was a beacon to the world, a force unlike anything else. There never has and never will be another Hugh M. Hefner.

Crystal and Hef got engaged on December 24, 2010, before tying the knot two years later on December 31, 2012. She is Hefner's third wife.

According to TMZ, Hefner left Crystal $5 million. He also bought a 5,900 square foot house in her name back in 2013.

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