Hugh Hefner’s Cause of Death Released

Playboy founder, whose immediate cause of death was cardiac arrest, also suffered respiratory failure, according to death certificate

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Hugh Hefner, the Playboy founder who died last week at age 91, died of cardiac arrest, according to the publishing legend’s death certificate.

The certificate, which was obtained by TheWrap, also noted that Hefner suffered from respiratory failure, in addition to the immediate cause of death, cardiac arrest.

According to the certificate, Hefner also suffered from septicemia, a blood poisoning, prior to his death, as well as E.coli, which was “highly resistant to antibiotics.”

Hefner died Sept. 27 at the Playboy Mansion in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles.

“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time,” his son and current Playboy Chief Creative Officer Cooper Hefner said in a statement.

“He will be greatly missed by many, including his wife Crystal, my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston, and all of us at Playboy Enterprises,” Cooper added.