Hugh Hefner claimed he'd "rather have sex than hearing" after Viagra left him deaf

Hugh Hefner claimed he'd "rather have sex than hearing" after Viagra left him deaf

Hugh Hefner has passed away at the age of 91, his media company Playboy Enterprises has confirmed.

Having founded Playboy in 1953, Hefner was the envy of many a generation as he got to know each of the women featuring in his magazines (affectionately known as the Playmates), and they all lived together in the Playboy Mansion.

It's sort of like a fairytale or a nursery rhyme, if fairytales or nursery rhymes were decidedly adult-themed. The Playboy Mansion has been around since 1927, but gained popularity in the 70s thanks to Hefner's huge parties. I don't mean to speculate, but it's fairly likely that Hefner would have had some "adult playtime" with at least a few of his tenants at the mansion. Of course, as time went on, Hefner got older, and certain parts of his wouldn't... work as well as they used to.

That's where Sildenafil, known to you or me as Viagra, came in. Hefner was provided with a new lease on life, and he used his newfound virility to great effect. Unfortunately, the consistent use of the drug came with more effects than simple priapism; the pills have been linked to sensorineural hearing loss, and Hefner soon suffered that particular fate.

At this point, you or I would have probably thrown in the towel, accepting our lot as old age began to set in and savouring every moment we had with our ailing manhood, treating our subsequent erections with the familiarity and warmth we reserve for an old friend we don't get to see much anymore. Not Hef.

This was pretty much confirmed by Karissa and Kristina Shannon, twins who both lived in the Playboy Mansion, and were regular lovers of Hefner back in the day. They say that the Hef didn't want to lose his sex drive, and although he was pretty much deaf, it wasn't going to stop him from popping those pills:

"He said he would rather have sex than have his hearing. He has hearing aids now and even then he can only hear out of one ear. You have to lean down and talk into his good ear for him to understand you. We could sit right next to him and he wouldn’t have a clue what we said."

They say that remaining sexually active is very good for your health, and Hugh Hefner was a great example of that, living to the age of 91 and dying only of natural causes. Throughout his life, Hugh Hefner was not only a strong advocate for sexual freedom and women's rights, but a philanthropist too.

His legacy, of course, will reside in the Playboy Mansion, not to mention the vast media empire he created with Playboy. I'm not sure how Hef would want to be remembered in the years to come, but persisting bravely to make love to his Playmates even as his hearing failed him is just one example of the commitment to the cause Hugh Hefner had.

Rest in peace, Hef. You will be greatly missed.