Celebrities, former Playboy Playmates react to Hugh Hefner's death

PHOTO: Pamela Anderson and Hugh Hefner during the of Playboy Legacy Collection at Republic in Los Angeles.PlayLaurence Cottrell/FilmMagic/Getty Images
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After the death Wednesday of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner at the age of 91, social media lit up with tributes from public figures, including former Playboy Playmates.

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Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt, two of the three stars of "Girls Next Door," the E! reality show that focused on Hefner's girlfriends from 2005 until 2010, expressed their sentiments in an Instagram post.

"So sad but forever grateful for all the wonderful memories and amazing experiences," Marquardt wrote.

So sad but forever grateful for all the wonderful memories and amazing experiences #RIPHef #Playboy ??

A post shared by Bridget Marquardt (@bridgetmarquardt) on Sep 27, 2017 at 11:01pm PDT

Added Wilkinson: "Can't really put in to words how I really feel. It's easy to say he will be missed and how much I loved him. There's a lot more than that."

Pamela Anderson, who appeared on the cover of Playboy 14 times, shared a video on Instagram that featured her crying as she said a final goodbye to the magazine publisher.

"I am me because of you. You taught me everything important about freedom and respect. Outside of my family, you were the most important person in my life. You gave me my life," she wrote in a lengthy caption. "I'm in such deep shock. But you were old, your back hurt you so much. Last time I saw you, you were using a walker. You didn't want me to see. You couldn't hear. You had a piece of paper in your pocket you showed me - with my name Pamela with a heart around it.

"Thank you for making the world a better place. A freeer and sexier place," she continued. "You were a gentleman: charming, elegant, chivalrous and so much fun."

Goodbye #Hef Mr Hefner I have so many thoughts, I have no brain n right now to edit I am me because of you You taught me everything important about freedom and respect. Outside of my family You were the most important person in my life. You gave me my life... People tell me all the time That I was your favorite... I'm in such deep shock. But you were old, your back hurt you so much. Last time I saw you You were using a walker. You didn't want me to see. You couldn't hear. You had a piece of paper in your pocket you showed me - with my name Pamela with a heart around it. Now, I'm falling apart. This feeling is so crazy. It's raining in Paris now. I'm by the window. Everything anyone loves about me is because you understood me. Accepted me and encouraged me to be myself. Love like no one else. Live recklessly With unfiltered abandon. You said the magazine was about a girl like me. That I embody the spirit you fantasized about. I was the one. You said. I can hear you say - Be brave. There are no rules. Live your life I'm proud of you. There are no mistakes. And with men - Enjoy ... (Your wonderful laugh) You have the world by the tail You are a good girl And you are so loved - You are not crazy. You are wild and free Stay strong, Stay vulnerable. ... "It's movie time" You loved my boys ... You were always, always there for us. With your love Your crazy wisdom. I will miss your everything. Thank you for making the world a better place. A freeer and sexier place. You were a gentleman charming, elegant, chivalrous And so much fun. Goodbye Hef ... Your Pamela ??

A post shared by The Pamela Anderson Foundation (@pamelaanderson) on Sep 27, 2017 at 11:35pm PDT

My favorite image of #Hef and I. His piercing manly stare that turned you instantly into everything female

A post shared by The Pamela Anderson Foundation (@pamelaanderson) on Sep 28, 2017 at 8:59am PDT

Other celebrities who spoke out about Hefner included:

Actress and former Playmate Jenny McCarthy

Actress and former Playmate Donna D'Errico

Hall of Fame sports announcer Michael Buffer

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West

Comedian Richard Lewis

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Musician Gene Simmons

Model and reality TV star Adrianne Curry

Reality TV star Heidi Montag

Singer Aubrey O'Day

Actor Rob Lowe

Civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.

Singer and actress Nancy Sinatra

Actor Mark Hamill

"Live! With Kelly" co-host Ryan Seacrest

Reality TV star Paris Hilton

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