Details have emerged of the state of Playboy millionare Hugh Hefner‘s health in the years before he passed away, with TMZ claiming he had two years of serious back issues and a depleted immune system leading up to his death.
The Playboy founder passed away from “natural causes” on Wednesday (Sept 27) aged 91 and caught a mild bug, which he was unable to fight off, and although he had back problems in his 80s, these are said to have become a lot worse two years ago when he was struck down with an infection, and he was reportedly left bedridden towards the end of his life.
One of the businessman’s final public appearances came in May 2016 when he announced Eugena Washington was 2016’s Playmate of the Year, four years after he married his third wife, 31-year-old Crystal Harris.
Hefner and Harris revealed first to Piers Morgan on CNN that they had set a date for June 18, 2011, a Saturday, at the mansion, but Harris got cold feet ahead of the big day and initially pulled out, before finally walking down the aisle in 2012.
Hugh – who had son David, 62, with first wife Millie Williams – died in the famous Playboy Mansion, where he used to hold wild parties and which will now forever hold the man, the myth and the magazine’s legacy.
Many celebrities came out heaping praise on the original ‘lad’s mag’ founder after he died, calling him a ‘sexual pioneer’ and the ‘original feminist’. However, according to girls who have actually lived and slept with him, there was a dark side to life in the Hefner household.
Crystal Harris is 60 years younger than her late husband.
According to numerous reports, he would pay for plastic surgery operations on the women, and Holly Madison said previously in her tell all book that she had her boobs and nose ‘fixed’ within weeks of moving in. She said Hefner also preferred ‘busty girls with bright blonde hair’ and would make them visit a hairdresser once a week to ensure maximum blonde.
Hef’s loved ones, including daughter Christie, 64, and sons Marston, 27, and Cooper, 26, were said to be at his bedside when he passed away and his second wife Kimberley Conrad – who he was married to from 1989 to 2010 – was also thought to be there.
The magazine founder is set to be buried next to Marilyn Monroe after purchasing the crypt next to the Hollywood icon’s at the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles for $75,000 in 1992.
Marilyn was the first-ever cover star in Playboy magazine, which was first published in 1953 and the issue sold over 50,000 copies.
Hefner’s net worth when he died is being estimated as $110 million, including his 100 percent ownership of the magazine and 35 percent of the Playboy brand, but his widow will inherit nothing due to an ironclad prenup that means she was never added to his will.