“Missing you for two years today ❤️” Crystal, 33, shared on Instagram on Friday, September 27, 2019. A series of photos of the couple accompanied her heartfelt message.
The often pajama-clad legend, who first published his men’s magazine in 1953 “peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones,” Playboy spokeswoman Teri Thomerson told RadarOnline.com at the time.
Hef and Crystal, who was the Playboy Playmate of the Month for December 2009, started dating not long after his previous girlfriends, The Girls Next Door trio of Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson, moved out. The pair married on December 31, 2012, and remained together until his death.
Not long after his passing, RadarOnline.com obtained the Playboy mogul’s death certificate, and revealed that he died from a combination of a bout of E.coli and Septicemia and cardiac arrest. His certificate notes that his E.coli was “highly resistant to antibiotics.”
He was laid to rest next to blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe, the first ever Playmate, at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Hef bought the plot next to Marilyn in 1992 for $75,000, claiming it was his ideal resting place.
For her part, Crystal was rewarded for her loyalty, and was left five million dollars and a lavish, four-bedroom, five bath house with an infinity pool in the Hollywood Hills.
“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom,” Chief Creative Officer of Playboy Enterprises Cooper Hefner said at the time of her father’s death. “He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history.”