The news of Hugh Hefner’s death buzzed through the whole country last week as people realized another American legend had left the world.
The 91-year-old passed away peacefully in the comfort of his Los Angeles home, surrounded by his family. And finally, the cause of his death has been revealed. According to his death certificate obtained by TMZ, he passed away after going into cardiac arrest and suffering from respiratory failure.
The certificate also lists that Hefner had recently contracted an E. coli infection that was highly resistant to antibiotics and Septicemia, which had infected his blood. Both were listed as the factors to his declining health and eventual death.
According to the documents, the infections occurred 6 days before his death. But it was his heart’s electrical malfunction that caused his immediate death.
The certificate filed by his attorney also states that Hefner passed away 5:06 p.m. on Sept. 27, at his residence and he was still married to Crystal Hefner at the time of his passing.
Hefner’s former girlfriend, Barbi Benton recently told People in an interview that she saw him six months ago and he told her he was “in poor health”. She says that he was also suffering from a “fading” memory and limited mobility due to a long-term back condition.
The Playboy Mogul’s wife, Crystal Hefner broke her silence on husband, Hugh Hefner’s death just yesterday.
She said: “I haven’t been able to bring myself to write most people back to thank them for their condolences,” Crystal told People magazine. “I am heartbroken. I am still in disbelief.”
According to his wishes, Hefner was laid to rest over the weekend at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery next to Marilyn Monroe; the first Playboy cover model. He had bought the crypt back in 1992 for $75,000.
“We laid him to rest Saturday,” Crystal said. “He is in the place. He was always certain he wanted to spend eternity.”
Crystal continued, “He was an American hero. A pioneer. A kind and humble soul who opened up his life and home to the world. I felt how much he loved me and I loved him so much. I am so grateful. He gave me life and direction. He taught me kindness. I will feel eternally grateful to have been by his side, holding his hand, and telling him how much I love him.”
Crystal wants the world to know the impact Hefner made on her life.
She opened her heart, saying: “He changed my life, he saved my life and made me feel loved every single day. He was a beacon to the world, a force unlike anything else. There never has and never will be another Hugh M. Hefner.”