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Stars, former Playmates react to Hefner’s death

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    Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is photographed at the Playboy Mansion in 2006. Hefner died this week at age 91 of natural causes surrounded by family, the magazine said.

LOS ANGELES >> Celebrity pals and former Playboy Playmates spoke up about their feelings for Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who died Sept. 27 at age 91:

>> “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.” — former Playboy model Pamela Anderson in a lengthy tribute posted to Instagram.

>> “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.”— former Hefner girlfriend and Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson in a statement.

>> “RIP #Hef Thank you for being a revolutionary and changing so many people’s lives, especially mine. I hope I made you proud.”— television personality and former Playboy model Jenny McCarthy on Twitter.

>> “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”— reality star Kim Kardashian on Twitter.

>> “Hugh Hefner was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement. We shall never forget him. May he Rest In Peace.”— civil rights leader The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Twitter.

>> “I had a number of great conversations … with Hugh Hefner. Was such an interesting man. True legend. What an end of an era!” — actor Rob Lowe on Twitter.

>> “thank 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” — actress-model Carmen Electra on Instagram.

>> “One of the nicest men I’ve ever known. Godspeed, Hugh Hefner.” — singer Nancy Sinatra on Twitter.

>> “Hugh Hefner was a GIANT in publishing, journalism, free speech & civil rights. He was a true original, and he was my friend. Rest well Hef.” — broadcaster Larry King on Twitter.

>> “Rest in peace #HughHefner – he will forever be remembered as the Hollywood legend who lived life to the fullest.” — television host Ryan Seacrest on Twitter.

>> “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.” — actress and former Playboy model Donna D’Errico on Twitter.

>> “1st met him months B4 #SW opened-Expected stereotyped swinger/wildman not the kind-thoughtful loyal friend he always was to ML & me.” — actor Mark Hamill on Twitter.

>> “We’ve lost a true explorer, a man who had a keen sense of the future. We learned a lot from you Mr. Hefner.” — writer-producer Norman Lear on Twitter.

>> “I met Hugh Hefner at the Playboy mansion. He was very nice to my mom. Don’t ask.” — actress Kat Dennings on Twitter.

>> “So sad to hear the news about Hugh Hefner. He was a #Legend, innovator & one of a kind. We had so many fun & incredible memories together. I will miss him dearly.” — socialite Paris Hilton on Facebook.

>> “when I did playboy he spoke words to me that affected my direction. he was a man the room would stop for when he entered” — singer Aubrey O’Day on Twitter.

>> “Wow…just read the news. Rest In Peace Hugh Hefner. Your legacy and soul shall live on!” — singer Charlie Puth on Twitter.

>>“A great man, entrepreneur and innovator. Your legacy lives on.” — KISS frontman Gene Simmons on Twitter.

>>“If you were raised without a mom Hugh Hefner probably changed your life. Champion of great writing & freedom of speech & always kind to me.” — actor Tom Arnold on Twitter.

>> “RIP Hugh Hefner I went to so many of his parties at the Playboy mansion it was legendary you will never be forgotten.” —rapper Juicy J on Twitter.

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