The magazine released a statement saying Hefner died at his home of natural causes Wednesday night surrounded by family.
He described his father as a leading voice behind moves towards free speech and sexual freedom.
Hefner founded Playboy Magazine in 1953, launching its first issue in December of that year.
‘He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history.
“I’m never going to grow up”, Hefner said in a CNN interview when he was 82.
The mansion was where Hugh and the Playboy bunnies spent most of their time together.
In 1986, a year after suffering a minor stroke, Hefner married Playmate of the Year Kimberley Conrad, to which he had two sons, Marston Glenn and Cooper Bradford before the couple separated in 1998. The couple had two children together, sons Marston Glenn and Cooper Bradford, before separating nearly a decade later and officially divorcing in 2010. This was chronicled in “The Girls Next Door“, a TV reality show that aired from 2005 through 2010. In April, Hefner’s younger brother Keith died at the age of 87 from cancer.
Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, twirls a napkin during a performance by Dr. John and the Lower 911 at the 30th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California June 14, 2008.
Hefner is survived by his wife Crystal, and four grown children.