Is Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Dead?

By Kathleen Villaruben | 2 years ago

The Playboy founder may be 88 years old already, but he has no plans yet in having his eternal rest. Hugh Hefner was allegedly found dead on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, due to natural causes. However, the one circulating the news was just a fake website,, which was misleading because many people thought it was associated with NBC. Read on for further details.

According to the false news story, Hefner died on Sunday morning at the Playboy Mansion. A Los Angeles police officer named Jimmy N. Gardner confirmed the tragic news. Gardner and his team arrived after receiving a call at 9:00 a.m. When they arrived at the scene, there were no signs of foul play, thus ruling Hefner's death was due to natural causes.


The fake article also featured Hefner's backstory, wherein he began as a copywriter for Esquire. After being denied of a $5 dollar raise, he launched Playboy by mortgaging his furniture and loaning from banks and his mother. The magazine was almost a hit in its first issue that was published in December 1953 because of a nude Marilyn Monroe.

Hefner was then arrested on June 4, 1963 for selling obscene literature after releasing nude photos of Jayne Mansfield. There was no final verdict.

Despite the challenges of the controversial magazine, Hefner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He became an actor in television and had movie appearances. He received a nomination for Razzie’s Worst Supporting Actor in 2009 for “Miss March.”

The article ended with a quotation from Hefner, saying, “Life is too short to be living someone else’s dream” and a note stating that the story will be updated after further notice.

Who would ever think that the article was fake at first look? With the sensible addition of Hefner’s backstory and quote, it sounded legit. According to Inquisitr, the article had more than 159,000 shares on Facebook with 39,000 likes. On Twitter, it had 1,800 shares. The next morning, Hefner’s fake death became trending.

The hoax was stopped because of Hefner’s wife, Crystal, who posted a photo on Sunday night that she was watching a movie with Hefner and their children.

There you have it for the update on Hugh Hefner’s death hoax. For more celebrity updates, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).

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