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American magazine publisher, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Playboy Enterprises, Hugh Hefner at his home (aka Playboy Mansion) in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Kristian Dowling)

Hugh Hefner paid $75,000 to be buried next to Marilyn Monroe


Playboy founder Hugh Hefner will be buried next to the magazine’s first centerfold, actress and model Marilyn Monroe, according to multiple reports.

TMZ on Thursday reported that Hefner purchased the crypt to the left of Monroe’s burial spot in 1992 for $75,000.

The crypt is located in Los Angeles’ Westwood Village Memorial Park, and Monroe’s remains have resided there since her death in 1962.

Monroe served as the cover girl for Playboy’s first issue, and Hefner once said that “spending an eternity next to Marilyn is too sweet to pass up.”

Some Twitter users on Thursday expressed joy over reports that Hefner and Monroe will rest in peace near one another.

Playboy confirmed in a statement late Wednesday that Hefner, 91, had died at his home, the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.

“The American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognizable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, the Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones,” the company said.

Playboy’s first issue was published in December 1953, with a nude image of Monroe taken for a calendar used as the publication’s debut centerfold.

Hefner has since credited Monroe with securing his magazine’s longstanding success, with its first issue completely selling out with 50,000 copies getting sold across the U.S.

Yahoo News on Thursday reported that an anonymous bidder bought the vault directly above Monroe’s for $4.6 million in 2009.

TMZ reported that Monroe’s ex-husband, Major League Baseball (MLB) star Joe DiMaggio, used to own the crypt above hers but sold it following their 1954 divorce.

Hefner is survived by his wife Crystal Hefner, his sons Cooper, David and Marston Hefner, and his daughter Christie Hefner.

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