'We've lost a true explorer': Stars, former Playmates react to the death of Hugh Hefner

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who died Wednesday at the age of 91, is being remembered by celebrities and former Playboy models as an "innovator" and a "revolutionary".

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Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner kisses then-girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson after their arrival for his 80th birthday party in Munich in 2006. (Michaela Rehle/Reuters)

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who died Wednesday at the age of 91, is being remembered by celebrities and former Playboy models as an "innovator" and a "revolutionary".

Here's a round-up of some of their comments:

"Hef changed my life. He made me the person I am today. I couldn't be more thankful for our friendship and our time together. I will miss him so much but he will be in my heart forever." — former Hefner girlfriend and Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson in a statement.

"thank u for picking me and Bringing me into the magical world of Playboy ! I just can't stop crying and I can't imagine how many bunnies are crying for u too. U are a class act and I will always have gratitude for your kindness" — actress-model Carmen Electra on Instagram.

With files from CBC News

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