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31-year-old widow Crystal Hefner says she is “still in disbelief” after the loss of her husband, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who passed away at 91 on September 27.
“We laid him to rest Saturday. He is in the place he was always certain he wanted to spend eternity,” she told US Weekly Monday.
Crystal Hefner expressed her love and gratitude to her husband who she called an “American hero,” and a “pioneer.”
The pair tied the knot on New Year’s Even in 2012. She was the media mogul’s third wife.
“I felt how much he loved me. I loved him so much. I am so grateful,” she said. She also said Hugh had given her “direction,” and “saved” her life.
Crystal Hefner thanked everyone for their condolences and said that she too is joining “the world in mourning” her late husband.
It has been widely reported that Crystal Hefner was not included in Hugh Hefner’s will, but according to TMZ the media mogul made sure his wife would be provided for after his death. As a part of their prenuptial agreement, Hugh Hefner reportedly made arrangements for Crystal Hefner to have her own mansion and $5 million upon his passing.