Hugh Hefner Denies Claims He Died of a Heart Attack

Category: Entertainment / Jul 13, 2011 11:19AM EDT
Hugh Hefner, founder and publisher of America’s Playboy magazine, has denied reports that he died of a heart attack. Initial rumors which began circulating on Internet on Monday said the 85-year-old reportedly died of a heart attack on July 11th. The magazine mogul took to his Twitter page to downplay his death rumors and let everyone know he is still alive and in good health. The rumors of my death are, as Mark Twain observed in a similar situation, greatly exaggerated. I'm very much alive and kicking. Hefner wrote on Twitter. Hefner joked that he was busy in bed ready Tweets about his demise, saying I'm happy to see how many people are pleased that I'm not dead. I'm pleased too.” Hefner’s life and career have been steeped in controversy ever since the first Playboy magazine hit newsstands in 1953. He financed the launch of his empire by selling all his furniture and securing $8000 from 25 investors. He was even arrested in 1963 for printing illegal photos of starlet Jayne Mansfield. Hefner’s first marriage took place in 1949 with Mildred Williams and lasted 10 years. He then married Playmate of the Year Kimberley Conrad in 1990 which was called off in 1998. At that point Hefner began to move groups of young women into his home, the Playboy Mansion, and even dated up to seven girls at once. He recently made headlines in the news as a result of a very dramatic public breakup with former fiancee Crystal Harris, which occurred only days before their nuptials were scheduled to take place.