Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Playboy Founder Dies at Age 91

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Playboy Founder Dies at Age 91

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Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, died at his home in the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, Calif., on Wednesday at the age of 91, the company announced.

Hefner started Playboy in 1953. The magazine is published in more than 20 countries around the world, and products featuring the company's trademarks drive more than $1 billion in sales annually.

"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," Hefner's son Cooper Hefner, chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, said in a press release.

Hefner served in the Army before starting Playboy. In addition to nude photos of women, the magazine featured interviews, fiction writing and articles on various topics. …

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