Wednesday night, Playboy Enterprises announced the death of founder Hugh Hefner ! Hugh took his last breath in the very place that he created, the “Playboy Mansion.”
Hugh Hefner started having serious back issues about 2 years ago, and it was all downhill from there as far as his health … TMZ has learned.
Sources close to the Playboy founder tell us he already had back problems in his late 80s, but it got much worse when he got an infection. We’re told it was so debilitating for Hugh, he could barely walk without assistance and was bedridden soon after.
Fast forward to a couple weeks ago … our sources say Hef caught a bug, and in his still weakened condition, his immune system simply couldn’t fight. We’re told it was a mild illness, but family and friends knew it would probably be too much for him.
Since his death, celebrities from all over the world have taken to social media to express love for Hef!
@genesimmons : A Great Man, Entrepreneur and Innovator… An Activist, Leader and Father. #Hef #RIP
@parishilton : So sad to hear the news about @hughhefner He was a #Legend , innovator, genius, one of a kind with a heart of gold. We had so many fun & incredible memories together. I will miss him dearly. Rest In Peace my friend.
@jennymccarthy : RIP #Hef Thank you for being a revolutionary and changing so many people’s lives, especially mine. Thank you for choosing me to be one of your bunnies. I hope I made you proud. I will forever be grateful.
The most heart breaking being Pamela Anderson, whose IG video shows her crying! She wrote:
I have so many thoughts, I have no brain n right now to edit
I am me because of you
You taught me everything important about freedom and respect.
Outside of my family
You were the most important person in my life.
You gave me my life…. People tell me all the time
That I was your favorite…
I’m in such deep shock.
But you were old,
your back hurt you so much.
Last time I saw you
You were using a walker.
You didn’t want me to see.
You couldn’t hear.
You had a piece of paper in your pocket you showed me-
with my name Pamela with a heart around it.
I’m falling apart.
This feeling is so crazy.
It’s raining in Paris now.
I’m by the window.
Everything anyone loves about me is because you understood me.
and encouraged me to be myself.
Love like no one else.
With unfiltered abandon.
You said the magazine was about a girl like me. That I embody …..
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#RIP to the ORIGINAL playboy…… Hugh Hefner!