Hugh Hefner Death NOT Being Investigated As Murder, Despite Report

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Hugh Hefner Murder Investigation

By Andrew Shuster |

Hugh Hefner Murder Investigation

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The Los Angeles Police Department has not launched a murder investigation into the death of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who passed away of natural causes last week at the age of 91. A website known for peddling wild conspiracy theories claims the magazine mogul was killed because he was on the verge of exposing a ring of Hollywood pedophiles. Gossip Cop looked into the bizarre story and we can exclusively set the record straight.

According to the site YourNewsWire, Hefner “was found dead in suspicious circumstances” at his home last Wednesday. Of course, the untrustworthy blog doesn’t mention what these so-called “suspicious circumstances” entailed. Additionally, Playboy Enterprises said in a statement last week that the magnate “peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones.”

The outlet then goes on to allege Hefner was days away from being “arrested on child sex charges” before he died. The site claims Hefner was under investigation for being connected to a group of elite pedophiles, but he had been working with the LAPD to help take down the organization as part of a plea deal. The site also claims to have spoken with a “police source,” who supposedly revealed, “After questioning Mr. Hefner we understood that he had mountains of incriminating personal information about a powerful group of Hollywood pedophiles. We were working out a plea deal with him, so we could get our hands on the physical evidence and really go after the pedophiles, but then we found him dead.”

The site further contends that many Hollywood executives commit “unspeakable acts” on women and children, including murder, rape and torture. According to the site’s “police source,” detectives are currently probing the Playboy Mansion to find evidence that Hefner was killed, “with the death scene later arranged to resemble a natural death.” The alleged police insider further claims the LAPD is determined to “prove who silenced Hugh Hefner” and “let all the elite predators be exposed.”

Of course, there’s no reputable publication reporting that Hefner was under investigation by the LAPD before he died, so it seems highly unlikely YourNewsWire would be the only outlet to get this scoop. It also seems highly questionable that a police official would spill details about a murder investigation to the webloid. Regardless of the site’s story being completely absurd, Gossip Cop still looked into the report. Naturally, we found zero proof suggesting Hefner was working with police to unmask a “Hollywood pedophile” ring. The only story here is that a 91-year-old man passed away surrounded by friends and family. All of the site’s allegations surrounding Hefner’s death are complete lies.

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