"He was 91 years old", the statement read.
"Today, in every instance of sexual rights falling under attack, you'll find legislation forced into place by people who practice discrimination disguised as religious freedom". He bought the plot in 1992 for $75,000.
At its peak in the 1970s, it was selling more than seven million copies a month.
But in recent years, Playboy became something of a relic as the internet explosion removed the shock and awe around nudity. Hefner is survived by his wife, Crystal, his sons, Cooper, David and Marston, and daughter, Christie.
"Our faces are swollen from crying", they said. "Occasionally, my boyfriend [Nick Carpenter and] I would go back".
His life was the subject of a 10-part mini-series.
"Hugh Hefner, or "Hef" as he preferred to be called, played a crucial role in the early days of NORML. In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined a sweeter life".
At first glance, Bridget, Holly and Kendra may have appeared to be the usual 20-something women in Hollywood, but their existences in the walls of Hugh Hefner's mansion were anything but normal.
Both the fiction and exposition - especially the Playboy Interviews - were one of the things that made me want to be a writer and a journalist. "He will be greatly missed by many".
"I am me because of you", she started the lengthy poem, which was accompanied with a video of the model and activist crying in her underwear.
The blonde bombshell was actually on the cover of the very first Playboy issue released in December 1953.
"A great man, entrepreneur and innovator.
Hefner took a progressive approach not only to sexuality and humor, but also to literature, politics and culture".
And he never forgot that. "May he rest in peace".