Jesse Jackson pays tribute to late Hugh Hefner

On Wednesday, the news broke that Hugh Hefner had died of natural causes at the age of 91, and celebrities and notable figures poured out their remembrances for the Playboy founder.

Among those remembers Hefner and his contributions was the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who specifically thanked Hefner for his civil rights worked, writing on Twitter, “Hugh Hefner was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement. We shall never forget him. May he Rest In Peace.”

Others paying tribute included actor Mark Hamill, who said Hefner was a “thoughtful, loyal friend,” and adult film actor Ron Jeremy, who tweeted, “Today the world lost a legend. #HughHefner started my career. For 22 yrs I got to wish him happy new year at his mansion. I’ll miss him.”

Several women who had posed for Playboy in their careers, including Kim Kardashian, also posted their memories of him. Jenny McCarthy, who had posed for Playboy before launching her career on film, had this to say: “RIP #Hef Thank you for being a revolutionary and changing so many people’s lives, especially mine. I hope I made you proud.”

His son, Cooper Hefner, also released a statement confirming his death in which he called his father a “media and cultural pioneer” who had fought for civil rights, free speech, and sexual freedom.