Hugh Hefner, the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine died Wednesday at age 91.
Hefner launched the magazine in 1953 , using a picture of a nude Marilyn Monroe, a $600 loan against his furniture and investments from family members worth a total of $8,000 and it quickly became one of the most well-known brands on the planet.
Hef was an icon, a pioneer journalist and free speech activist, leaving behind a permanent mark on North American culture.
Hefner’s death triggered an outpouring of tributes on social media:
I had a number of great conversations and with Hugh Hefner. Was such an interesting man. True legend. What an end of an era!— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) September 28, 2017