Hugh Hefner started having serious back issues about 2 years ago, and it was all downhill from there as far as his health was concerned.
Sources close to the Playboy founder say he already had back problems in his late 80s, but it got much worse when he got an infection. It was so debilitating for Hugh, he could barely walk without assistance and was bedridden soon after.
That’s when his public appearances became extremely rare. One of his last was at the Mansion in May 2016 to announce Playmate of the Year, Eugena Washington.
Hugh was surrounded by his sons Marston and Cooper, his daughter Christie and 2nd wife, Kimberley Conrad when he breathe his last.