Hugh Hefner is dead; long live freedom..


Mumbai, Sept. 29 -- Tributes and expressions of shock and sadness poured in from celebrities after American lifestyle company, Playboy, confirmed that its founder, Hugh Hefner, had died from natural causes on Wednesday. 
He was 91. "I met Hugh Hefner at the Playboy mansion. He was very nice to my mom. Don't ask. #RIPHef," actor Kate Dennings tweeted. 
"A great man, entrepreneur and innovator. Your legacy lives on. #Hef," wrote rocker Gene Simmons. "One of the nicest men I've ever known. Godspeed, Hugh Hefner," wrote music legend Frank Sinatra's daughter, Nancy Sinatra. 
A Playboy statement said, "Hugh M Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy Magazine, peacefully passed away from natural causes at his home, the Playboy Mansion." 
His son Cooper remembered him as "a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom." 
Hefner had said in an interview to Los Angeles Times in 1992 that he had lived his dream. "Much of my life has been like an adolescent dream of an adult life. If you were still a boy, in almost a Peter Pan kind of way, and could have just the perfect life that you wanted to have, that's the life I invented for myself," he said.