Stars Remember ‘True Legend’ Hugh Hefner: ‘Carpéd the Heck Out of the Diem’

Rob Lowe, Nancy Sinatra and many more pay tribute to the publishing legend, who died Wednesday at age 91

Last Updated: September 28, 2017 @ 8:49 AM

Hugh Hefner left a 64-year legacy in his wake when he died Wednesday at age 91.

After changing the face of the publishing industry and launching the legendary Playboy empire, the men’s magazine founder was fondly remembered by both Hollywood stars and media mavens.

Nancy Sinatra called him: “One of the nicest men I’ve ever known. Godspeed, Hugh Hefner.”

“I had a number of great conversations and with Hugh Hefner. Was such an interesting man,” actor Rob Lowe tweeted. “True legend. What an end of an era!”

“RIP  Thank you for being a revolutionary and changing so many people’s lives, especially mine. I hope I made you proud,” former Playboy model Jenny McCarthy wrote.

“Hugh Hefner was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement. We shall never forget him. May he Rest In Peace,” Rev. Jesse Jackson wrote.

“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,” he added.

Goodbye #Hef Mr Hefner I have so many thoughts, I have no brain n right now to edit I am me because of you You taught me everything important about freedom and respect. Outside of my family You were the most important person in my life. You gave me my life… People tell me all the time That I was your favorite… I'm in such deep shock. But you were old, your back hurt you so much. Last time I saw you You were using a walker. You didn't want me to see. You couldn't hear. You had a piece of paper in your pocket you showed me – with my name Pamela with a heart around it. Now, I'm falling apart. This feeling is so crazy. It's raining in Paris now. I'm by the window. Everything anyone loves about me is because you understood me. Accepted me and encouraged me to be myself. Love like no one else. Live recklessly With unfiltered abandon. You said the magazine was about a girl like me. That I embody the spirit you fantasized about. I was the one. You said. I can hear you say – Be brave. There are no rules. Live your life I'm proud of you. There are no mistakes. And with men – Enjoy … (Your wonderful laugh) You have the world by the tail You are a good girl And you are so loved – You are not crazy. You are wild and free Stay strong, Stay vulnerable. … "It's movie time" You loved my boys … You were always, always there for us. With your love Your crazy wisdom. I will miss your everything. Thank you for making the world a better place. A freeer and sexier place. You were a gentleman charming, elegant, chivalrous And so much fun. Goodbye Hef … Your Pamela ????

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