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In Photos: A look back at the lavish lifestyle of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner

Catch Photodesk | Updated on: 28 September 2017, 13:31 IST
Hugh Hefner attends Playboy's 2013 Playmate Of The Year luncheon honoring Raquel Pomplun at The Playboy Mansion. ( Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Playboy/AFP)

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has died at the age of 91. Hefner, a cultural icon, died of natural causes at his famous residence, the Playboy Mansion.

He shot to fame after publishing the first issue of Playboy in 1953. The edition featured a nude Marilyn Monroe. That same year, he launched media and lifestyle company Playboy Enterprises Inc. By the 1970s, the magazine had more than 7 million readers.

Hefner didn't just publish Playboy, he lived the lifestyle it embodied. He grew a multi-million dollar empire including private clubs, casinos, hotels, resorts, movies, and television. But, through all of this, he was never shy of enjoying and flaunting his wealth and success.

Frequently seen in the company of beautiful women, Hefner had three marriages and was open about his exploits with numerous women. Despite acknowledging, at the age of 85, that he never really found a “soulmate”, Hefner never seemed to stop trying.

He is survived by his wife Crystal Harris and four children. 

Here are some iconic photos of the Hugh Hefner:

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner (centre) arrives at Stansted Airport on June 2, 2011 in Stansted, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Playmate Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner, playmates Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson attend a photocall promoting the television serie 'Girls Next Door' on the second day of the 2007 Monte Carlo Television Festival held at Grimaldi Forum on June 12, 2007 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Hugh Hefner and his girlfriends Kendra Wilkinson (L) and Bridget Marquardt talk to journalists May 31, 2006 at a nightclub in Munich, Germany. (Jan Pitman/Getty Images)
Hugh Hefner and Kimberley Conrad at the prmiere of the New Star Wars. (Getty Images)
Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner is pictured during a press conference to introduce the new season of his TV show ( AFP PHOTO / Cesar RANGEL)
In 1971, Hugh Hefner Paid $1M for his Playboy Mansion (File Photo)
Playboy boss Hugh Hefner arrives at London Airport, UK, 4th August 1971. (R. Brigden/Daily Express/Getty Images)
US Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner speaks during a press conference to introduce the new season of his TV show (AFP PHOTO/GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS)
Playboy's Hugh Hefner and his Playmates, Kendra Wilkinson (L), Bridget Marquardt and Holly Madison (R) arrive at (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Hugh Hefner accepts the Alpha Male award from actor Jeremy Piven and musician Snoop Dogg onstage during the taping of Spike TV's 2nd Annual (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Hugh Hefner and his Playmates step out to Bliss in Hollywood, CA, in Hollywood, California. (David Klein/Getty Images)
Actors Laurence Fishburne (L) and Dennis Hopper pose with Playboy's Hugh Hefner at a special screening of Dennis Hopper's "The Last Movie", newly restored, at the Playboy Mansion (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
First published: 28 September 2017, 13:02 IST