Hip Hop is Mourning Hugh Hefner Death At 91
Juicy J, B-Real, D12, TM88, and more chime in on the founder of Playboy's passing.
Los Angeles, CA – the founder of Playboy and the cultural icon Hugh Hefner has died at the age of 91. According to the New York Times, went peacefully at his home, the infamous Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.
His death was announced by Playboy Enterprises.
American icon and Founder of Playboy, Hugh M. Hefner passed away today. He was 91. #RIPHef pic.twitter.com/tCLa2iNXa4
— Playboy (@Playboy) September 28, 2017
After leaving his job as an editor at Esquire magazine in 1952, the Chicago native took out a $600 bank loan borrowed $1,000 from his mother and raised an additional $7,000 for the launch of the Playboy Magazine. The first issue was published in 1953, when Hefner was 27 years old. The circulation of the publication reached one million in 1960 and reached a peak of about seven million dollars in the years '70.
The rest is history.
Hef, as he was commonly known, became synonymous with the Playboy brand. He was known for his infamous parties at the Playboy Mansion and constantly mixed with the entertainment world's biggest celebrities.
Social media erupted with tributes and a number of Hip Hop artists took to Twitter to send their condolences, including Juicy J, Cypress Hill, B-Real, iLoveMakonnen, Blockhead, and TM88.
RIP Hugh Hefner went to many of his parties at the mansion of Playboy was legendary that will never be forgotten
— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) September 28, 2017
RIP to the OG #HughHefner 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/AVXwKU1V4A
— Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) September 28, 2017
R. I.p Hugh Hefner the legend
— TM88 (@TM88) September 28, 2017
R. I. P. to the legend of Hugh Hefner pic.twitter.com/0WopDrAH1h
— D12 (@D12) September 28, 2017
Rip the last playboy of Hugh Hefner. 🙏🏼
— Dr. Greenthumb ™ (@B_Real) September 28, 2017
My dad gave me a subscription to playboy magazine when he was 13 because he was an artist who believed t