By: Keith Witchka, Staff Writer

NEW YORK — The founder of the Playboy dynasty Hugh Hefner, known for his silk-robed Casanova charm has passed away at the age of 91. “Hef” peacefully passed away on Sept. 27 from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, where he was surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Hefner was a bench mark on the adult entertainment industry whose Playboy men’s magazine made the term “centerfold” a household name. He glamorized an urbane bachelor lifestyle and was a pioneer fighter for the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

Hefner founded Playboy in 1953 with only $600 of his own money and built the magazine into a multi-million-dollar entertainment empire that at its 1970s peak included TV shows, a jazz festival and a chain of the popular Playboy Clubs whose cocktail waitresses were known for their trademark bunny ears and cottontails.

Over the years, Hefner better known by his friends as “Hef” only got bigger as he continued to enjoy hundreds of young women and even married a few of his magazine’s “Playmates”. He will be missed.

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