Playboy founder Hugh Hefner suffered a heartbreaking loss on Sunday. The 86-year-old newlywed confirmed on his Twitter account that his longtime secretary, Mary O'Connor, has died.
"Mary passed away today," Hefner tweeted Sunday evening. "We loved her more than words can say."
According to a Facebook page Hefner shared, O'Connor died Sunday afternoon after "a short illness," with her brother and close friends at her side. She was 84.
Fans of Hefner's E! reality show "Girls Next Door" probably recall O'Connor, who served as Hefner's "loyal and trusted personal secretary, social secretary, confidant, executive assistant, housemother, office-wife and close friend," the Facebook page says. Hef ran the company from her office for the past 40 years and noted of his dear friend, "she gives great phone."
O'Connor is survived by her brother, her sister-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Information on a memorial service is to come.
In the meantime, Hefner's new wife, Crystal, has been honoring O'Connor's memory with a night out.
"Having dinner with all of Mary's close friends at her favorite British pub tonight in her memory," Crystal posted Monday. "Just got news that Mary was was the most googled person today. Proof of how much people care. Love you Mary!"
Hef ran the company from her office for the past 40 years and noted of his dear friend, "she gives great phone."
the last things in quoatiations sound really dirty.
hue, God u r someone i have wanted to talk for along time. sooo sorry for your secretary's death. just to let you know i have seviced many bosses as a personal secretary, and asistant. i would be honored to work for you love. see my profile at face book bonnee sue dillin fontana. want to be yours, dear hef, two of my sons are born near your birthday, and i was almost accepted as a bunny in your playboy bunny place. lets be friends call me 310 266 7297cell or home 805 845 1895. visiting malibu march 2, it is my grand sons birthday, maybe we can talk over coffee.
my heart goes out to you dear one our souls are eternal, be at peace,k and talk to me i will pray with you..love bonnee sue dillin fontana
i love destiny's child can't wait for the tour..i'm going to play all the video's over and over again.
Years back when I worked for Playboy I had the opportunity to meet Ms. O'Connor...she was charming, delightful and quite devoted to her position at the company. Mary you will be missed by many...RIP.
Who cares........she had a good life and good pay job,she was 84 is time to go!
What a cold person you are.
Let's wait and see if Maria feels the same way when she turns 80.
You are a nasty, miserable and insensitive person. Watch out for karma ... it will get you eventually.
You're an efin idiot.
Did she take dictation like a good little girl?
these "Christian" zealots are the same Lot who are going to get a shocking surprise when they pass into the spirit realm and find folks from the playboy lot better off then themselves. I am sure these same zelots are going to turn out to be some of the worst troublemakers 100 years from now in the spirit world. wait and see
I wonder who these "Christian" zealots are writing for? Surely they don't think their Taliban-like approach is going to make any converts in this forum. I think they're actually writing only for their own egos, proving to themselves that they're SOOOOO much more righteous than everybody else. I'll bet these folks make their postings and then come back to them ten minutes later so they can grin about how right, how witty, and how damning to unbelievers their writings are. What's their little book of myths say about pride?
Little book of myths? It says that you are a fool, that is what it says.
I am sad Mary O'Conner passed away. All religious people who are people who believe in anything (especially those who are posting any nasty emails on this post, you can email me at email@example.com) of any cultural outlook from a stance, or are very staunch in your religious opinions: You should look into your book of ways to win your ways to your many different heavens, or paradises and should look inside your hearts and ask yourselves who you have been your whole lives. Then realize that all of the blessed beings you proclaim to serve each profoundly respect, mourn and treasure Mary, O'conner with all of their beautiful hearts. Blessings and Namaste to, Mary O'Conner, the Playboy family, Hugh Heffner, and all of her family... Blessings and Namaste my friends!
NOOOOO!! Say it ain't so, Joe!! Even though I've never met Mary in person, I feel like I know her. God rest her soul. :-(
Nooooo, that would be you, Uo9*&. 'Judge not, lest you be judged...' Duhhh
Shut up you hypocrite.
American culture, humor, and enlightenment as only Hef could express it: "She gave great phone" Guffaw.
I don't want his stuff, but I've seen her when channel surfing, had no idea she was anywhere near that age, she looked great to be in her 80's
She seemed like a cool lady...sorry to hear she passed away.
There are some very nice comments written about Hef and Mrs. Mary. I wish people would stop trying to make jokes when someone passed away, this person was someones mother and grandmother. Maybe it wouldn't be so funny when your mother dies.
Hugh is 86 he will be mourning himself pretty soon also I would imagine.
wheres ron jeremy?
@DHDSGG – Ron Jeremy is at Cedars-Sinai.
i wonder what Hef's conference room smelled like
Its not a religious rant, its God's word.
in what language? how does a statue talk and have a word? the bible was writtne by pagan Constantine 300 years later you knucklehead!
It was written by men who made up an imaginary guy in the sky to help explain how things happened because they didn't understand much then. It was also used to keep the mindless people of the day in line. What don't you get about that?
Leviticus is God's word?? So if someone butchers an adulterer that's what God wants?/ he was a sick bas#$rd
@ Dan. Well put. And I'm sure they were already thinking about how to brainwash the people while writing the best selling science fiction novel of all times. Starting with no taxation of religious real estate.
After all those years together, it would be like losing a family member. I'm sure they had a very close bond. Condolences to her family, friends, and to Mr Hefner.
Don't just say I miss her, do something, give money to family, give money to charity ,
take care of her loved ones , pets, give money , money , money, then your words will
So when a family member or friend of yours passes away, you will start giving out money money money (like you said) to charity.
Hefner doesn't have money to throw around like the old days. He is owned by bankers like the rest of us. Not cool of him to make a joke on her passing though.
She gives GREAT PHONE????
Is he awful, or what?
Seriously. He clearly stopped maturing in the 1970s. One likes to think she would have laughed at that comment, though.
That is a tribute from a friend
Once again, I am appalled and disgusted at the comments being made about someone who died. Regardless of your opinions about Playboy and/or Mr. Hefner, it is clear that he truly loved and appreciated his secretary and is mourning her just as he would a member of his family. Have some humanity and class people. Rest in peace Mary.
Hugh Hefner is mourning the loss of his secretary and tea party patriots are still mourning the loss of Peggy Rea, the actress that played Boss Hogg's wife. YEEEEEHHHAAAAAAAAA
Twit fits you perfectly.
Your hatred has made you stupid.
Mary (whom I do not know personally) worked hard. She worked until the age of 84, that kind of dedication and determination is truly unheard of today. Women from her time are tough as nails and work like dogs. My grandmother just turned 80 and she could work me under the table anyday. Although she never had a job job, I have seen her blood sweat and tears, my whole life. Women this just goes to show us that we must not be spoiled pampered little devils and we need to work harder for ourselves. I am truly amazed by my grandmother, Ms. Mary, and all of the others out there just like them. Rest in Peace Mary.
I'm glad Hef values her and her work so much. So many people today, men and women, have absolutely no idea what they have in human assets both in the office and at home. Wake up people and appreciate the talent, effort and results of your associates. Hopefully some of them will also appreciate what you offer.
"She worked until the age of 84, that kind of dedication and determination is truly unheard of today."
She had a dream job working at the Playboy Mansion surrounded by luxury, even when she was "on the clock" it was a fantastic place to "work". I would keep working past "retirement" too, let's not get too crazy here people, she lived, she had a great job, she died, your turn will come.
I'm not going to say what's on my mind because i can't think of much good to say about this.
Hef should either be in jail or at my house with his bevy of girls.
That's "bevvy" and as a girl, I don't go for geezers. Even with all your experience, I bet you still haven't learned how to use your hands or bothered to learn what a "girl" wants. Better off with a toy.
Sorry Geyser. "Bevy" has only one "V" as does the word visualize, so visualize using a dictionary next time BEFORE you comment.
RIP Mary. It's tough to find loyal employees who can be trusted and don't dish the dirt to the tabloids. She'll be very hard to replace.
we'll miss you
Just last night, my wife was talking about a coworker and she referred to her as her "office daughter."
So sorry for your loss Mr Hefner, she was a terrific woman and will be missed
Sorry for Hef? Something is wrong with you!
Looks like I'm up with the crazies. Good luck to all who persevere to love in this world filled with those who worship hatred.
RIP MARY, and libbleblobbler, You are evil and have your own place reserved in hell! Tired of people like you who use gods name to promote hate! let me guess, Westboro church idiot??
Oh, and don't worry, Crystal will be honoring Hef's secretary soon enough herself with her own permanent night out.
Doesn't sound like she ever married..hope she didn't waste her life pining away for the boss. That would be too sad!
She was my daughters neighbor and my grandkids really liked her. Her husband passed away last April so she was not pining away for Hef.
thanks. That is good to know.
his new wife goes out on the town when his best friend dies???? how disrespectful.
Her last name was O'Connor. Sounds to me they were doing the Celtic tradition of having a drink in the deceased's honor. Quite acceptable.
nancy, you know not what you speak. In our family we have a HUGE party instead of funerals. We theme the party based on the person who passed away. We don't do the funeral home lame thing, no casket, no stupid speech.... just a big party and talk about the individual, put up pictures, release balloons, etc.
when someone in my family dies the last thing I want to do is party and release balloons......I want them back.
I'm sorry your dead.
You are a real joke...unless this is really Dana Carvey (SNL's "the church lady"). Read you Book of Myths, dolt- even that pack of fables says "judge not, that you be judged", and keep your ugly piehole shut.
RIP Mary: My Dana Carvey response was to a post responding to yours...a nice christian condemning her to hell...that was removed in the interim. It wasn't a response to you.
now that you mention from what we recall she does look like heff....heff is a much happier person –
She looked like his mother.
she looks like heff...heff is not bitter though a big difference.
loved her dearly..he will miss her i'm sure!!!!
Years ago I enjoyed the pleasure of employment at PMW for several years. A story about Mary: It was her birthday and our department was debating whether or not to send Mary a card. My boss at the time asked my opinion, and in my infinite wisdom I blurted out something like, "Let's kiss her ass, and get her a birthday card." My boss at the time decided to tell Mary what I had said, and ignoring my protests made a call to her office. Immediately my thoughts ran the gambit of being suspended to being flat out fired. Instead, and to my surprise, Mary called me and said that was the best birthday wish she had received because it was honest. More about Mary: She was instrumental in the running of Playboy and always had Hefner's back (best interest) in personal and professional matter's ensuring Hefner's kindness was not being taken advantage of. Mary was Hefner's confidant. For me, this story spoke volumes about her. I'll miss her.
Yours is one of the few truly nice and heartfelt comments ... so many of these others are just obnoxious and ignorant. Thank you.
Yes, thank you for the heartfelt comment about Mary. I also believe she was Hef's confidant and best friend and I believe he will miss her terribly. For those of you talking about Hell... why don't you GO TO Hell! Hypocrites... most of you are probably cheating on your wife and trying to entice the neighbours kids into your garage with candy... eh-holes.
I never knew much about her, but it sounds like she was a great pleasure to be around, truely a genuine person. I can see why so many will miss her.
He probably should have married Mary instead of his hundred year younger wife. She was of an appropriate age for him.
heard-awful but do not care–that's ri and chris brown's life..not ours.
Why would he want that fossil?
It's sweet to see how he obviously adored her as a friend. My condolences to all.
Aaaww how sad i remember her from the show may u r.i.p mary.
Mary musta seen it all...
and i will follow my masters orders...
Sending my condolences to all who knew her. She must have been very special and dam*ed good at her job!
Nice to know he actually had a woman of his own generation to care about and rely on. His public personna makes him look foolish. Guess he wants to be remembered with a female youngster on his arm when his time comes.
apologies will happen and no fight so we can all rest in peace....
not he fake peace...
Shoo troll shoo g'head
RIP Mary. You were a hoot on GND. May have to watch a few episodes with a glass of wine for ya ;) favorite Mary-moment was Holly discussing "fur bikinis" with her.
Awww, sux to lose an old friend. RIP Mary O'Connor.
R.I.P Ms. Mary.
She was his se xymary not secretary. Rest in peace Mary.
Of all the women in his life, she was there the longest. He lost his best friend.
he adored her...she was his secretary forever....
Sorry for your loss Hugh. Weird that you loved someone your own age.
There's a diff between love & lust.
Yes there is... and love is FAR more valuable... Wish Hef had figured that out after 86 years...
Do you only stutter when you write?
It's for rhetorical effect, my dear. And your snide insult really hurt a lot. I was just getting over a slap to the face, and now I need to sew my lip up. Thanks.
what a stupid remark, take a pill you jerk
Get psychiatric help, you pathetic little half-wit.
I am under a doctor's care. He told me to respond nicely to people who insult me, but I don't know how to respond to compliments. I'll ask him and get back to you. Thanks.
Take a piece of wood, hammer a nail into it, and try not to hit your thumb.
Thou shalt not judge...
what a horrible thing to say about anyone who has passed away, that is whats wrong with people today they are not sensitive to anyones loss. God loves all his children no matter what wrongs they may have done in this life, and he is the one who judges not us......
Guess the short bus was late picking you up this morning. What a retarded thing to say.
You don’t have any clue what so ever what this woman was about or if her soul was saved or not. Who the hell do you think you are to make that judgment? By you judging this woman YOU are the one that will be in hell. Only God can judge or are you so self-righteous to know that? By you post I have no doubt that your life here right now is close to hell it has to be for you to feel you have the right to judge someone you know nothing about. What people like you fail to acknowledge is that Jesus died for us ALL!!!!! MARY AND YES HUGH TOO!!!!!!!!!!!
hCHristians....always willing to point a finger, point it at a mirror.
Romans 2:1 "You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things."
So Jesus doesn't save then. Noted. How about salvation by good works and indulgences? Those still working?
Bible thumpers and their opinions. I wasn't going to comment on this, but I feel the need. How do you know anything about this woman? Maybe she went to church every day of the week. Do you really know? She could have been the most righteous person alive. Do you really know? I find it so funny when you so called Christians are the first ones to condemn another for something you actually know nothing about. I'm not a religious person, mainly because of people like you. I thought that Jesus died for everyone's sins. I thought Jesus loved everyone equally. Why is it that his flock can't follow his preachings? My brother-in-law is a minister. I know he would find your hatred of others reprehensible. Rest in peace, Mary. Condolences to her family, friends, and Hef. To nblorkblor & klarblar, there is nothing christian about you.
My comment was directed to nblorblor & klarblar. I guess cnn thought their comments were offensive, too, and deleted them. Just to clarify.
John 3:16-21 says "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God." Ask Jesus to be Lord and Savior of your life, confess and repent of your sin and you will be saved. Christianity is not a religion its a relationship with Jesus Christ. He died for the sins of the world and his shed blood covers the sin of those who accept him as their Savior. It's not what you can do, its what he has already done for you!
Shut up zealot.
And your rush to judgement of all of them is most likely adding weight to yours.
I'd be willing to bet that most of the hatred is coming from lefties that hate anyone with money.
Something tells me you'd post this religious rant even if the story were about a cookie recipe. Give it a rest.
No judgement or weight, just the truth!
go home you nut bag
Keep your imaginary friends and your book of fiction to yourself.
Hefner is a bad man?
Maybe you should learn about what hes done instead of seeing a magazine and saying hes such a terrible person.
Check out his involvment in civil rights and equality for everyone.
You seem to be a pretty stuck up person who gets their joy out of spewing non-sense on the internet.
Yes, Hugh Hefner is a bad man, and Jesus says he is going to hell unless he repents and renounces all his works.
And that's why she was called to her eternal reward at the tender age of 86, right? Because she was immoral? Hefner is *not* a bad man, there are just apparently some prejudices that you personally can't get around.
Since you are so righteous, I suppose you are greatly familiar with the phrase "judge not, lest you be judged" right?
Do you think I knew this woman? No. Would I have loved her if I did? Probably, unless she was vicious and violent, but even then I should love her. I'm sure she was loveable. It is sad she went to hell. I am sad when a person goes to hell. I know people who died and went to hell. It is sad.
But you are not a zealot. Anything but a zealot. A zealot would never make a remark such as "Shut up zealot." Can I follow you?
Take your meds son. You're seeing things.
I took my meds son. Thanks for your concern. What about you? Did you take your meds? I hope so. May you get well soon, and have fun on the ferris wheel. I'm going to go on the roller coaster.
You need to overdose on your meds so you can hang out with your lord and savior Jefus Crust!
How would you know? Who told you? Were you sitting in my closet?
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