Hugh Hefner, American founder of the international
adult magazine Playboy, has died at the age of 91. Playboy Enterprises Inc said
he passed away peacefully at home in Los Angeles, from natural causes.
began publishing Playboy in his kitchen in 1953. It became the largest-selling
men's magazine in the world, shifting seven million copies a month at its peak.
Hefner, his son, said he would be "greatly missed by many".
tribute to his father's "exceptional and impactful life as a media and
cultural pioneer," and called him an advocate for free speech, civil
rights and sexual freedom.
publisher, Hugh Hefner, became deaf from too much Viagra —Report
It was also gathered that the ladies’ man was
notorious for popping Viagra — a prescription medicine used in the treatment of
erectile dysfunction and impotence in men.
“Hefner ate Viagra like sweets in order to maintain
his very active sex life,” The Independent has reported.
“The pills, which have been linked in studies to
sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), apparently left him almost deaf in
one ear, and completely deaf in the other,” Independent quoted two of his
female consorts to have said.
“You have to lean down and talk into his good ear
for him to understand you,” one of his former twin girlfriends, Karissa
“We could sit right next to him and he wouldn’t have
a clue what we said.”
But it seems this didn’t give Hefner pause or leave
him with any regret, with Karissa adding: “He said he would rather have sex
than have his hearing.”
Addressing a 2011 report on links between hearing
loss and Viagra, the NHS writes: “SSHL is a rare, emergency condition caused by
damage to the inner ear structures, which can lead to permanent hearing loss.
“The study found 47 cases of hearing loss associated
with taking this class of drug. Two-thirds of these cases occurred within 24
hours of taking the drug.”
Playboy Enterprises announced Wednesday that Hefner
had died in the Playboy Mansion from natural causes.
Playboy magazine was founded by Hefner more than 60
years ago as an upscale men’s magazine, combining images of nude women with
in-depth articles, literature and interviews.
“Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who, in 1953,
introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the
most recognisable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away
today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved
ones,” Playboy confirmed in a statement.
“He was 91 years old.”
Hugh Marston Hefner was born on 9 April , 1926, to
strict Methodist parents.
The eldest of two brothers, he served two years in
the Army during World War II before finding a job at Esquire as a copywriter.