Pamela Anderson opens up about frail Hugh Hefner’s final months as she reveals the Playboy founder was using a walking frame and was almost completely deaf

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PAMELA Anderson has posted an emotional Instagram farewell to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner following his death at 91.

The former pin-up and Baywatch star revealed Hugh – who turned Playboy mag into a global empire – was using a walking frame, had intense back pain and was almost completely deaf when she last saw him.

 Pamela Anderson has paid tribute to Hugh Hefner online and revealed how he was in old age

Pamela Anderson has paid tribute to Hugh Hefner online and revealed how he was in old age
 Pamela credits Hugh with helping her career and being kind to her family

Pamela credits Hugh with helping her career and being kind to her family

Posting a short clip showing her wiping away tears and whispering “goodbye Hef”, Pamela showed she’s been hit hard by the loss of the man who propelled her to stardom.

And in her message, the 50-year-old mum-of-two – deemed to have become Hugh’s “favourite” Playmate after her first cover in 1989 – paid a glowing tribute to the man she considered her mentor.

In the style of a poem, Pam wrote: “I’m in such deep shock. But you were old, your back hurt you so much. Last time I saw you you were using a walker.

“You didn’t want me to see. You couldn’t hear. You had a piece of paper in your pocket you showed me – with my name Pamela with a heart around it.”

She went on to write: “Everything anyone loves about me is because you understood me. Accepted me and encouraged me to be myself….

“You loved my boys … You were always, always there for us. With your love, your crazy wisdom. I will miss your everything. Thank you for making the world a better place.

 Pamela posted a clip alongside her poem showing her wiping away tears for Hugh

Pamela posted a clip alongside her poem showing her wiping away tears for Hugh

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 Pamela featured on the cover of Playboy's January/February 2016 edition

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Pamela featured on the cover of Playboy’s January/February 2016 edition
 Pamela was discovered by Playboy during the late 1980s

Pamela was discovered by Playboy during the late 1980s

“A freeer and sexier place. You were a gentleman, charming, elegant, chivalrous And so much fun. Goodbye Hef … Your Pamela ?.”

Pammie, who is currently dating footballer Adil Rami while continuing her “platonic” romance with Julian Assange, also posted a black and white version of a snap showing him kissing her cheek.

Her tribute is a sad but touching portrait of a man who became frail in his old age after 64 years as the face of Playboy – and after fathering four children from two of his three marriages.

Hugh’s death comes less than a decade after Pamela, who has appeared on more Playboy covers than any model, delivered him his 82nd birthday cake in the nude.

 Pam delivered cake to Hugh while nude on his 82nd birthday

Pam delivered cake to Hugh while nude on his 82nd birthday

His son Cooper has remembered the magazine boss, who turned the magazine into a £150million empire, as a “leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time”.

“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer.

 Hugh with final wife Crystal Harris who survives him

Hugh with final wife Crystal Harris who survives him

“He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand,” Cooper added.

The firm behind the magazine described Hefner as “the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognisable American global brands in history.”

Pamela Anderson’s Hugh Hefner tribute in full

“Mr Hefner

I have so many thoughts, I have no brain n right now to edit

I am me because of you

You taught me everything important about freedom and respect.

Outside of my family

You were the most important person in my life.

You gave me my life… People tell me all the time

That I was your favorite…

I’m in such deep shock.

But you were old,

your back hurt you so much.

Last time I saw you

You were using a walker.

You didn’t want me to see.

You couldn’t hear.

You had a piece of paper in your pocket you showed me –

with my name Pamela with a heart

around it.

Now,

I’m falling apart.

This feeling is so crazy.

It’s raining in Paris now.

I’m by the window.

Everything anyone loves about me is because you understood me.

Accepted me

and encouraged me to be myself.

Love like no one else.

Live recklessly

With unfiltered abandon.

You said the magazine was about a girl like me. That I embody the spirit you fantasized about.

I was the one.

You said.

I can hear you say –

Be brave.

There are no rules.

Live your life

I’m proud of you.

There are no mistakes.

And with men –

Enjoy … (Your wonderful laugh)

You have the world by the tail

You are a good girl

And

you are so loved –

You are not crazy.

You are wild and free

Stay strong,

Stay vulnerable…. ‘It’s movie time’

You loved my boys … You were always, always there for us.

With your love

Your crazy wisdom.

I will miss your everything.

Thank you for making the world a better place.

A freeer and sexier place.

You were a gentleman

charming, elegant, chivalrous

And so much fun.

Goodbye Hef … Your Pamela ?.”

News of Hefner’s death broke last night and sent the world of entertainment into mourning.

Many of his famous friends and fans have now taken to social media to remember the man who founded the original lads’ mag Playboy.

In a post on Twitter, Kim Kardashian wrote: “RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I’m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo.”

RIP to the legendary Hugh Hefner! I’m so honored to have been a part of the Playboy team! You will be greatly missed! Love you Hef! Xoxo

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 28, 2017

Paris & I are reminiscing about the Playboy parties at the mansion & how much we love Hef. She’s texts me the perfect Hef emojis ???????????

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 28, 2017

Love you Hef ? #Legend#RIPHEFpic.twitter.com/QOEJJ4cxO9

— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) September 28, 2017

Paris Hilton shared a montage of pictures showing her with Hefner and she added a sweet message about the Playboy founder.

She wrote: “So sad to hear the news about Hugh Hefner.

“He was a legend, innovator & one of a kind. We had many fun & incredible memories together.

“I will miss him dearly. Rest in peace my friend.”

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