Hugh Hefner, The Playboy magazine founder, who died this week at the age of 91, came into contact at various points with almost everyone in Hollywood, while playing a vital role in shaping the careers of such stars as Kim Kardashian, Kendra Wilkinson and Pamela Anderson.
After his death on 27 September a horde of celebrities have gathered on social media to say goodbye to their beloved “Hef .
Hustler founder and publisher Larry Flynt shared his “great admiration” for his longtime rival.
Hefner’s ex-girlfriend: Kendra Wilkinson (TV’s The Girls Next Door) was at a loss for words.
Nancy Sinatra called him “one of the nicest men I’ve ever known.”
Bob Saget quoted Hefner directly: “Racism, war, bigotry, but sex itself, no. What a sad cold world this would be if we weren’t sexual beings…I mean, that’s the heart of who we are.”
Former Playmate Jenny McCarthy saluted him as a “revolutionary” who changed lives, “especially mine. I hope I made you proud.”
Larry King remembered Hefner as a “GIANT in publishing, journalism, free speech & civil rights.”
NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman declared him an “Icon of all Icons” and a “#GameChanger.”
Another trailblazer, Norman Lear, declared Hefner “a true explorer, a man who had a keen sense of the future.”
Kim Kardashian said it was an honor to have been part of Team Playboy. “Love you Hef!” she added.
Filmmaker Joss Whedon tweeted the dichotomy that was Hugh Hefner. “Wait, is it possible that Hugh Hefner did good AND bad things?”
But perhaps no one is taking his death harder than the former Baywatch beauty.
Pamela Anderson was so closely associated with Playboy that she graced the cover of its final nude issue in late 2015, prior to the magazine ridding its page of all naked models.
(This was a decision it then reversed, thankfully, just over a year later.)
To honor the man who made her a household name and for whose publication she stripped down on numerous occasions, Anderson shared a poem with her Instagram followers.,
She also posted a video in which she fights back tears for nearly a full minute before finally steadying herself long enough to simply say “Goodbye, Hef.”
Check out that emotional video here:
In her poem, titled Goodbye #Hef,” the actress looked back at her friendship with the iconic publisher as follow:
May Hugh Hefner Rest in Peace.