Hugh Hefner. Playboy Magazine (and related enterprises) founder and mogul... All around player and lover of life... and young ladies (no hate, at all)... has passed at the age of 91... at the Playboy Mansion... of natural causes. A peaceful end to a remarkable life!
Actually, something about the way we saw him live, makes his passing from this mortal plane a bit less painful, doesn't it? Forever in chill mode, cool parties, packed with the hottest people. A mag loaded with 'unwrapped' Eye Candy (that we actually did read for the articles... sometimes). So dope a player, that being his girlfriend took 'girls from next door' to Entertainment Television (E!) stardom (shout to Kendra Wilkinson).
And you know how we sometimes struggle to find noble things to say about the departed? Not even a struggle with Hugh Hefner. Black people like 1990 Playboy Playmate of the Year Reneé Tenison and legendary entrepreneur/activist/comic Dick Gregory will likely tell you about how Hefner was a player in a different way in life... hiring Black performers and integrating his Clubs (risking the business in some regions of the country). Yep, Hef was an impact player in the struggle for Civil Rights, a de facto activist, too.
Gonna miss you Hef. Thanks for the good times and good works. And farewell.