The reality TV contingent - particularly those that had modeled for the magazine in the past - was vocal on social media.
Earlier this year a doc-series titled American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story premiered on Amazon Prime that chronicled his life and his impact on global culture. "Accepted me and encouraged me to be myself", she added.
At the age of 27, Hefner had just become a father, a husband, and left his job working for a Children's Activities magazine when he published the first issue of Playboy magazine. I hope I made you proud.
In 2011 he told The Hollywood Reporter: "Could I be in a better place and happier than I am today?" We had so many fun & incredible memories together.
Hugh Hefner was known for his "playboy" reputation, with some sources reporting he slept with over 1,000 women.
In a recent interview, Cooper Hefner, son of Hugh Hefner and chief creative officer of the magazine said they were embarrassed he was once on the magazine. "That gives me great satisfaction". Last time I saw you you were using a walker; you didn't want me to see.
Anderson, who graced the cover of Playboy 14 times, called Hefner "the most important person in my life" in an emotional video posted on Instagram. Apart from this, another Indian-origin model Shanti Dynamite who also claims that she has also posed for Playboy magazine is said to have done a hot and steamy photoshoot.
Kardashian, meanwhile, shared her thoughts regarding Hefner on Twitter writing, "RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner!". Holly Madison, a former girlfriend of Hefner's was at one point placed in Hefner's will - to the tune of $3 million. I was fortunate to know him as a neighbor and friend and I extend my deepest sympathies to his family.