Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has passed away at the age of 91. Playboy confirmed the news that he died at the Playboy Mansion of natural causes on Wednesday.
“Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognizable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones,” a rep for the Playboy Enterprises founder said in a statement.
The first issue of Playboy, Hefner put together at home and it hit newsstands in December of 1953. It included a nude photo of Marilyn Monroe. It sold more than 5000 copies and a icon was born.