This week playmates both past and present have been paying tribute to Hugh Hefner who died on Wednesday.
Making sure Hefner goes out with a bang, the playmates are now planning a huge party at the legendary Playboy mansion.
The party will celebrate the life of Hefner and be the last one thrown at the infamous mansion.
Sources close to Daren Metropoulos, a billionaire heir who brought the mansion last year, reportedly told TMZ he is going to sign off the party for Hefner sometime soon.
Since Daren is now the owner, he needs to okay all parties.
Although the celebration will be typically Playboy, it won’t be the standard blowout bash as it will be paying tribute to the man who founded the popular brand.
— Playboy (@Playboy) September 28, 2017
The legendary founder of Playboy magazine died on Wednesday from natural causes at the mansion aged 91.
Born in April 1926 in Chicago to strict religious parents, Hefner set up the infamous magazine more than 60 years ago with only $600 of his his own money and $1,000 borrowed from his mother.
He quickly became a media legend and was regarded by many to have changed the face of journalism.
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
— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) September 28, 2017
— Jenna Dewan Tatum (@jennadewan) September 28, 2017
In a statement by Playboy Enterprises, Cooper Hefner, the company’s chief creative officer and Hugh’s son, said:
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.
He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history.
Metropoulos brought the Playboy Mansion last year for a sweet $100 million.
As part of his purchase he asked Hefner whether he could live there for the rest of his life.
According to reports, now Daren is moving in, all the animals who call the mansion home will be allowed to stay on the property. He also plans on combining a nearby estate he owns with the mansion and restoring the two to their original condition.
Since the magazine started and the mansion was established, thousands of models have stayed in Hefner’s infamous house and they’ve all been paying tribute to him online.
Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton were among those who attributed ‘Heff’ to helping launch them into the spotlight:
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 Hilton (@ParisHilton) September 28, 2017
Paris posted on Twitter:
So sad to hear the news about Hugh Hefner.
He was a legend, innovator and one of a kind.
We had so many fun and incredible memories of him.
I will miss him dearly.
Rest in peace my friend.
Social media has been flooded with playmates paying tribute to the Playboy founder:
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
It’s clear Hefner was loved by many and will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife Crystal and four children – Christie, who served as CEO of Playboy Enterprise for more than 20 years, David, Marston and Cooper.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.