MANILA, Philippines – Cultural icon and Playboy creator Hugh Hefner died on Wednesday, September 27, to the shock and devastation of many around the world, including the women and Playboy Playmates he was involved with.
Hugh was married 3 times and dated many women at once throughout his 91 years.
Kendra Wilkinson, one of Hugh's former girlfriends, told E! News: "Hef changed my life. He made me the person I am today. I couldn't be more thankful for our friendship and our time together. I will miss him so much but he will be in my heart forever."
Kendra was one of the stars of the reality show The Girls Next Door, which followed the lives of Hugh and his girlfriends, Playboy Mansion roommates Kendra, Holly Madison, and Bridget Marquardt. After 6 seasons, the show ended in 2009.
Meanwhile, Playboy Playmates and Hugh's former girlfriends paid tribute to the publishing mogul on social media.
Bridget tweeted: "So sad but forever grateful for all the wonderful memories and amazing experiences."
So sad but forever grateful for all the wonderful memories and amazing experiences #RIPHef #Playboy pic.twitter.com/RkHje7h0Un — Bridget Marquardt (@Bridget) September 28, 2017
"RIP my friend. You changed the world," said actress and 1982 Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed.
RIP my friend. You changed the world. A post shared by ShannonLeeTweedSimmons (@shannonleetweedsimmons) on Sep 27, 2017 at 8:26pm PDT
Jenny McCarthy, who was Playmate of the Year in 1994, paid tribute to Hugh on Twitter, saying, "Thank you for being a revolutionary and changing so many people's lives, especially mine. I hope I made you proud."
RIP #Hef Thank you for being a revolutionary and changing so many people's lives, especially mine. I hope I made you proud. #PMOY 94 pic.twitter.com/sF9ARYgEpw — Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) September 28, 2017
Others like Jaslyn Ome, Kennedy Summers, Jessica Vaugn, Donna D'Errico, and many more also remembered Hugh, thanking him for changing their lives.
Hef was a generous and kind man. I have met so many great people because of what he created. Thank you for everything Hef pic.twitter.com/jqTEgXNMcT — Jaslyn Ome (@JaslynOme) September 28, 2017
Thank you, Hef, for Playboy. And thank you for what you did for me. You've left such an impact on the world...you'll never be forgotten pic.twitter.com/81DoEiy2mQ — Kennedy Summers (@misskennedys) September 28, 2017
hugs to all my bunny sisters sad tonight with the passing of the revolutionary @hughhefner. — Jessica Vaugn (@JessicaVaugn) September 28, 2017
Hugh Hefner put me in Playboy & ignited my career. I am forever indebted, Hef. You will forever live on as an icon of epic proportions. #RIP — Donna D'Errico (@DonnaDErrico) September 28, 2017
RIP @hughhefner thank you for making me part of the Playboy family. Sending lots of love and prayers to @crystalhefner — Heidi Montag (@heidimontag) September 28, 2017
RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I’m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 28, 2017
So sad to hear the news about @HughHefner. #RIPHef pic.twitter.com/IQiEYhMfvf — Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) September 28, 2017
R.I.P. Hugh Hefner The American Icon who in 1953 introduced the world 2 Playboy mag and built the company into one of the most recognizable American Global brands in history , I am so grateful I had the opportunity to shoot many Playboy celebrity pictorials with u Hefthank u for picking me and Bringing me into the magical world of Playboy ! I just can't stop crying and I can't imagine how many bunnies are crying for u too. U are a class act and I will always have gratitude for your kindness love u Hef #hughhefner #playboy #icon @playboy A post shared by Carmen Electra (@carmenelectra) on Sep 27, 2017 at 9:35pm PDT