Hugh Hefner’s Ex Barbi Benton Said The Playboy Founder ‘Didn’t Think He Was Going To Die Anytime In The Immediate Future’

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He will be missed…

As we reported, on Wednesday, Playboy owner Hugh Hefner upheld divided during 91 from healthy causes.

In an speak expelled on Monday, a publisher’s prolonged time adore — and former repository indication — Barbi Benton spoke to People about her attribute with a legend.

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When a 67-year-old listened a news of his passing, she was a sum “basket case.” She confessed:

“I cried all night [when we found out].”

Although she married real-estate developer George Gradow in 1979, Benton kept in hold with Hugh by a years, and even saw him 6 months ago.

“As he was removing older, his conference was diminishing, and he had a tough time articulate on a phone… This started a integrate of years ago, so my usually hit was in person.”

During their in-person assembly during a famous Playboy Mansion, a dual had a singular heart-to-heart where they reminisced about aged times.

“I went adult to a Mansion, and rather than lay where other people were, he wanted to lay with me privately… When we was there for a celebration or a tiny get-together, we never got to speak to Hef. So we went to one of a bedrooms in a Mansion, and behind sealed doors we had a many extraordinary review about aged times… We only had a good talk… we felt like he kind of knew that it was entrance to an end. When we left, he said, ‘I wish we come adult and see me some-more often.”‘

Although a businessman was ‘in bad health,’ he was certain he had some-more time than he did.

“He didn’t consider he was going to die anytime in a evident future… He was dissapoint [with reports] that pronounced he didn’t have many time left. He said, ‘I have copiousness of time left! I’m not going anywhere only yet.”‘

Even yet he “wasn’t looking brazen to death,” he took comfort in a fact that he was going to be buried subsequent to associate idol Marilyn Monroe.

“He has a tract subsequent to Marilyn Monroe, so he was looking brazen to fibbing subsequent to a gal who kicked off Playboy. That’s kind of a approach he looked during genocide — zero could be improved than his life. And even yet his health had deteriorated, he was still vital a good life. He still had many of his faculties.”

R.I.P. Hef.

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