Pamela Anderson steps out looking somber at Balmain Spring 2018 show following Hugh Hefner's death

A grieving Pamela Anderson was seen sitting front row at the Balmain Spring 2018 during Paris Fashion Week on Thursday.

Anderson covered her eyes with a pair sunglasses following the shocking news of "Playboy" founder Hugh Hefner's death at 91 years old.

SEE ALSO: Hugh Hefner's style secrets revealed -- including his '200 pajamas'

The blonde bombshell, who skyrocketed to fame with her nude "Playboy" pictorials, had an incredibly close relationship with the business mogul and was often hailed as his "favorite" playmate.

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PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Pamela Anderson attends the Balmain show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on September 28, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Pamela Anderson attends the Balmain show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on September 28, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Balmain)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Pamela Anderson attends the Balmain show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on September 28, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Balmain)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Pamela Anderson attends the Balmain show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2018 on September 28, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: *EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS* Pamela Anderson seen visiting her friend Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy on September 19, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: *EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS* Pamela Anderson seen visiting her friend Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy on September 19, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 13: Illusionist Hans Klok and Pamela Anderson attend a photocall for their upcoming show 'House of Mystery' on September 13, 2017 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Pamela Anderson attends Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI at BGC Partners, INC on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Pamela Anderson seen taking a vegan lunch to her friend Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy on July 6, 2017 in London, England. Pamela was in St Tropez earlier this week opening up her new vegan restaurant, 'La Table du Marche by Pamela'. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Pamela Anderson seen taking a vegan lunch to her friend Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy on July 6, 2017 in London, England. Pamela was in St Tropez earlier this week opening up her new vegan restaurant, 'La Table du Marche by Pamela'. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Pamela Anderson seen taking a vegan lunch to her friend Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy on July 6, 2017 in London, England. Pamela was in St Tropez earlier this week opening up her new vegan restaurant, 'La Table du Marche by Pamela'. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 18: Pamela Anderson attends the cocktail party of the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival at the Monaco Palace on June 18, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by TV Festival-Olivier Huitel/ PLS Pool/Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 18: Pamela Anderson attends the cocktail party of the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival at the Monaco Palace on June 18, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by TV Festival-Olivier Huitel/ PLS Pool/Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 16: Pamela Anderson arrives at the Opening Ceremony of the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival and World premier of Absentia Serie on June 16, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 16: Pamela Anderson arrives at the Opening Ceremony of the 57th Monte Carlo TV Festival and World premier of Absentia Serie on June 16, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
OLBIA, ITALY - JUNE 17: Pamela Anderson attends The Costa Smeralda Invitational Gala Dinner at Cala di Volpe Hotel - Costa Smeralda on June 17, 2017 in Olbia, Italy. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images for Professional Sports Group)
OLBIA, ITALY - JUNE 17: Pamela Anderson attends The Costa Smeralda Invitational Gala Dinner at Cala di Volpe Hotel - Costa Smeralda on June 17, 2017 in Olbia, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Professional Sports Group)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Pamela Anderson attends the Global Gift Gala for The Diana Award, hosted by Earl Spencer at Althorp House on June 14, 2017 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Global Gift Gala)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Pamela Anderson attends the Global Gift Gala for The Diana Award, hosted by Earl Spencer at Althorp House on June 14, 2017 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Global Gift Gala)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Pamela Anderson attends the Global Gift Gala for The Diana Award, hosted by Earl Spencer at Althorp House on June 14, 2017 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Global Gift Gala)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Pamela Anderson attends the Global Gift Gala for The Diana Award, hosted by Earl Spencer at Althorp House on June 14, 2017 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Global Gift Gala)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 10: Pamela Anderson attends Shepherd Conservation Society's 40th Anniversary Gala For The Oceans at Montage Beverly Hills on June 10, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 10: Actress Pamela Anderson attends the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's 40th Anniversary Gala for the oceans at The Montage Hotel of Beverly Hills on June 10, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Pamela Anderson is seen on June 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by GP/Star Max/GC Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - MAY 27: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Pamela Anderson attends the official opening of new summer hot spot 'Playa Padre' in Cable Beach on May 27, 2017 in Marbella, Spain. The exclusive beach club offer a new exciting experience to Marbella social scene and is also committed to donating a percentage of its benefits to Casa Global Gift, a social project of the town of Marbella that supports children founded by Maria Bravo. (Photo by fotopress/Getty Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - MAY 27: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Pamela Anderson attends the official opening of new summer hot spot 'Playa Padre' in Cable Beach on May 27, 2017 in Marbella, Spain. The exclusive beach club offer a new exciting experience to Marbella social scene and is also committed to donating a percentage of its benefits to Casa Global Gift, a social project of the town of Marbella that supports children founded by Maria Bravo. (Photo by fotopress/Getty Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - MAY 27: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Pamela Anderson attends the official opening of new summer hot spot 'Playa Padre' in Cable Baach on May 27, 2017 in Marbella, Spain. The exclusive beach club offer a new exciting experience to Marbella social scene and is also committed to donating a percentage of its benefits to Casa Global Gift, a social project of the town of Marbella that supports children founded by Maria Bravo. (Photo by Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - MAY 27: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Pamela Anderson attends the official opening of new summer hot spot 'Playa Padre' in Cable Beach on May 27, 2017 in Marbella, Spain. The exclusive beach club offer a new exciting experience to Marbella social scene and is also committed to donating a percentage of its benefits to Casa Global Gift, a social project of the town of Marbella that supports children founded by Maria Bravo. (Photo by fotopress/Getty Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - MAY 27: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Pamela Anderson attends the official opening of new summer hot spot 'Playa Padre' in Cable Beach on May 27, 2017 in Marbella, Spain. The exclusive beach club offer a new exciting experience to Marbella social scene and is also committed to donating a percentage of its benefits to Casa Global Gift, a social project of the town of Marbella that supports children founded by Maria Bravo. (Photo by fotopress/Getty Images)
MONACO - MAY 26: Actress Pamela Anderson attends the Amber Lounge Fashion Monaco 2017 at Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel on May 26, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
MONACO - MAY 26: Actress Pamela Anderson attends the Amber Lounge Fashion Monaco 2017 at Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel on May 26, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
MARBELLA, SPAIN - MAY 27: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Pamela Anderson attends the official opening of new summer hot spot 'Playa Padre' in Cable Beach on May 27, 2017 in Marbella, Spain. The exclusive beach club offer a new exciting experience to Marbella social scene and is also committed to donating a percentage of its benefits to Casa Global Gift, a social project of the town of Marbella that supports children founded by Maria Bravo. (Photo by fotopress/Getty Images)
MONACO - MAY 26: Actress Pamela Anderson attends the Amber Lounge Fashion Monaco 2017 at Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel on May 26, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Pamela Anderson attends the de Grisogono 'Love On The Rocks' party during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 23, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images )
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Paris Hilton (L) and Pamela Anderson attend the de Grisogono 'Love On The Rocks' party during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 23, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images )
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: Pamela Anderson attends the de Grisogono 'Love On The Rocks' party during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 23, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images )
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Pamela Anderson attends the '120 Battements Par Minutes (120 Beats Per Minute)' screening during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 20, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Pamela Anderson attends the '120 Battements Par Minutes (120 Beats Per Minute)' screening during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 20, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Pamela Anderson attends the '120 Battements Par Minutes (120 Beats Per Minute)' screening during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 20, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Pamela Anderson attends The Harmonist Party during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at on May 22, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Pamela Anderson attends The Harmonist Party during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at on May 22, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro and Pamela Anderson attend The Harmonist Gala Event during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Club Albane on May 22, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 16: Actress Pamela Anderson attends Global Gift Gala 2017 at Hotel George V on May 16, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurent Viteur/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 13: Pamela Anderson attends the world premiere of Paramount Pictures film 'Baywatch' at South Beach on May 13, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 16: Actress Pamela Anderson attends the 'Global Gift, the Eva Foundation' Gala : Photocall at Hotel George V on May 16, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 13: Pamela Anderson attends Paramount Pictures' World Premiere of 'Baywatch'on May 13, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06: Pamela Anderson attends the Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 6, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06: Pamela Anderson attends the Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 6, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04: Pamela Anderson arrives at the Vivienne Westwood show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Pamela Anderson leaving Sushi Samba restaurant on February 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by GORC/GC Images)
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The mother-of-two look solemn in a form-fitting tweed dress with dramatic shoulder pads and a thick belt that accentuated her teeny waist. She also donned black thigh-high boots that she paired with a small leather purse and oversized cat eye sunglasses.

Goodbye #Hef 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 💋

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In an emotional Instagram video soon after the announcement of Hugh's death on Wednesday night, the "Baywatch" star broke down in tears while paying tribute to the media mogul. Alongside the heartbreaking video, she also posted a poem about Hefner.

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LOS ANGELES - JUNE 26,1957: Hugh Hefner with Joan Bradshaw at a Play Boy Party in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 26: Playboy Magazine founder and publisher Hugh Hefner attends a party in his honor with actresses Joan Bradshaw (right) and Susanne Sidney on June 26, 1957 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 26,1957: Hugh Hefner and guest at a Play Boy Party in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 26,1957: Hugh Hefner with Joan Bradshaw and girls at a Play Boy Party in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American pornographer Hugh Hefner and murdered Playboy PLaymate Dorothy Stratten (1960 - 1980), 1980. She holds a plaque naming her 1980 Playmate of the Year. (Photo By Julian Wasser/Online USA Inc./Getty Images)
American publisher Hugh Hefner smokes a pipe and holds a pamphlet while balancing a briefcase on his knee, c. 1960. (Photo by Authenticated News/Getty Images)
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(Original Caption) 1/29/1962 -New York,NY -: Hugh M. Hefner, Editor and Publisher of Playboy, is shown with Cynthia Maddox, the blond cover girl on the February issue of his magazine, arriving by TWA superjet from Chicago. They are here to attend a party given by Ella Fitzgerald at the Basin Street East in honor of winners of the Playboys jazz poll.
(Original Caption) Hugh Hefner, publisher of Playboy Magazine, shown as he appeared in court to face charges that nude photograph of Jayne Mansfield in the June issue are obscene. Hefner's attorneys asked for a continuance and his trial was set for July 9 in Municipal Court.
26th June 1966: American millionaire Hugh Hefner, founder of the Playboy empire, during a visit to Britain. (Photo by John Downing/Express/Getty Images)
Playboy editor and tycoon Hugh Hefner is greeted by a group of bunny girls from his Playboy Clubs, upon his arrival at London Airport. (Photo by Dove/Getty Images)
Heff, is in Britain to officially open his 16th Playboy Club, located in Park Lane, London. (Photo by Sunday People/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
Hugh Hefner Boss of the Playboy Empire arrives with an entourage of Bunny Girls at London Heathrow Airport, Saturday 25th June 1966. Heff, is in Britain to officially open his 16th Playboy Club, located in Park Lane, London. (Photo by Sunday People/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
Playboy CEO Hugh Hefner with partner model, actress and singer Barbara Benton arrive at Paris Airport. (Photo by James Andanson/Sygma via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Hefner, Hugh *09.04.1926-Verleger (Playboy), USA - mit seiner Freundin Barbara Benton waehrend eines Besuchs in Berlin- 1969 (Photo by Binder/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Portrait taken on August 21, 1970 at Le Bourget airport shows US Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner and his girlfriend actress Barbara Benton. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Hugh Hefner (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Hugh Hefner Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Publisher Hugh Hefner and Actress Julie Newmar attend the Rugby Ball on October 20, 1972 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
HUGH HEFNER -- Pictured: (l-r) Hefner's girlfriend/Singer, Barbi Benton, unknown, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner discussing promotional artwork for Barbi's 1974 debut album 'Barbi Doll'-- Photo by: Ron Tom/NBCU Photo Bank
American publisher Hugh Hefner, of Playboy Enterprises, smiles with his girlfriend, American actor and model Barbi Benton as they attend the 21st annual SHARE fund raiser for The Exceptional Children's Foundation. She wears a feathered blouse and he holds a pipe. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Getty Images)
Hugh Hefner and bunnies during 5th Annual International B Bunny of the Year Pageant at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Hugh Hefner and Sondra Theodore attend Hugh Hefner's Special 25th Anniversary Party on January 10, 1978 at New York New York Disco in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Hugh Hefner and Sondra Theodore attend 25th Anniversary Party for Playboy Magazine on January 11, 1979 at Tavern on the Green in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1979: Hugh Hefner and Sondra Theodore circa 1979 in New York City. (Photo by Images Press/IMAGES/Getty Images)
375250 01: Mid-1980's Playboy Mansion. Hugh Hefner and girlfriend Carrie Leigh at the Playboy Mansion.
Sondra Theodore and Hugh Hefner (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
circa 1980: 'Playboy' magazine founder and publisher Hugh Hefner with 1980 Playboy Playmate of the Year, Canadian model and actor Dorothy Stratten. Stratten wears a strapless top and flowers in her hair. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)
THE TOMORROW SHOW -- Pictured: (l-r) Playboy founder/publisher Hugh Hefner, journalist/Playboy covergirl Rita Jenrette at the Playboy Mansion -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
Hugh Hefner and Carrie Lee attend the opening party for 'Private Lives' on October 13, 1983 at Madame Wu's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Hugh Hefner and playboy bunnies are photographed October 29, 1985 at the re-opening of the Playboy Club in New York City. (Photo by Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images)
Hugh Hefner and Carrie Lee attends the premiere of 'Beverly Hills Cop II' on May 19, 1987 at Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGLES, CA - 1989: Playboy Magazine founder and publisher, Hugh Hefner, announces his engagement to Playmate of the Year Kimberly Conrad at a 1989 Los Angeles, California, press conference. Hefner and Conrad divorced in 2003. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
368600 12: Hugh Hefner and friends, Jessica Paisley, left, Mandy Bentley and Sandy Bentley arrive for the 10th Anniversary celebration of the hit television show, 'Baywatch' on May 2, 2000 in Santa Monica, CA. The show has aired nearly 200 episodes since it first premiered in 1990. (Photo by Joe Thomas/Online USA)
Kimberly Conrad, Marsden Hefner, and Hugh Hefner during Christie Hefner Hosts Open House Gala for New Headquarters at Playboy Headquarters in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Hugh Hefner and Kimberley Conrad in Photo Booth (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Nancy Sinatra and Hugh Hefner attend Playboy Magazine Party on April 6, 1995 at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
The Rembrandts, Yasmin Bleeth, Hugh Hefner & Playboy Bunnies (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Hugh Hefner, wife Kimberly and their children during Premiere of 'Star Wars: Special Edition' In 1997 at Westwood in Westwood, CA, United States. (Photo by Magma Agency/WireImage)
Playmate Heather Kozar and businessman Hugh Hefner attend Playboy Announces Heather Kozar as the 1999 Playmate of the Year on April 29, 1999 at The Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
7/17/99 Los Angeles, Ca. Hugh Hefner Dancing With Playboy Gals At The Playboy Expo '99 & Playmate Reunion Held At The Pacific Design Center. (Photo By Brad Elterman/Getty Images)
7/16/99 Beverly Hills, CA Hugh Hefner, Shannon Tweed, and Diane Hunter (1954 Playmate) at the First-Ever Playboy Expo. The expo gave a chance for fans to meet centerfolds, celebrities, Bunnies, wirters, artists, photographers, and cartoonists. Photo Brad Elterman/Online USA, Inc.
CANNES, FRANCE: Playboy magazine president Hugh Hefner (C) poses with playmates 14 May 1999 on the steps of the Palais des Festivals before the screening of their movie 'Entrapment' in selection for the 52nd Cannes Film Festival. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 29: Hugh Hefner attends Playmate of the Year Press Conference on April 29, 1999 at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Brandi and Hugh Hefner during Madonna's new CD Music Party in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Madonna, Hugh Hefner & Playboy Bunnies (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 18: Playboy founder Hugh Hefner poses with unidentified model, Shauna Sand (2nd from L) and Holly Madison (R) during Barfly 5th year anniversary party on December 18, 2002 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Klein/Getty Images)
Hugh Hefner and Playboy Playmates during Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor Host a Grand Classics Screening of 'Sweet Smell of Success' with YSL at the Playboy Mansion at Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage for Harrison & Shriftman)
Hiromi Oshima, Playboy Miss June 2004, Holly Madison, Hugh Hefner, Bridget Marquardt , Kendra Wilkinson, Sara Jean Underwood, Playboy Playmate of the Year 2007 and guest (Photo by Enos Solomon/FilmMagic)
Hugh Hefner and models during Hugh Hefner Inducted Into The Erotic Museum's Hall Of Fame at The Erotic Museum in Hollywood, United States. (Photo by Laurence Cottrell/FilmMagic)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Carmen Electra and Hugh Hefner *EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE* (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage for Playboy Enterprises)
Carmen Electra, top row far left, Hugh Hefner, center, The Girls Next Door and Playmates *EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE* ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage for Playboy Enterprises)
Hugh Hefner and girlfriends during The 21st Annual American Cinematheque Award Honoring George Clooney - Arrivals at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 16: Playboy founder Hugh Hefner attends a book signing of 'Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream' at Barnes N Noble bookstore on Tuesday December 16, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Byron Gamarro/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 15: (L-R) Model Hope Dworaczyk, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and his girlfriend, December 2009 Playboy Playmate of the Month Crystal Harris, arrive at a party introducing Dworaczyk as the 2010 Playboy Playmate of the Year at the Rain Nightclub inside the Palms Casino Resort May 15, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 10: Hugh Hefner and Pamela Anderson attend the Hugh Hefner book signing session at Taschen on December 10, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Riccardo S. Savi/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Playboy founder Hugh Hefner (L) and model Crystal Harris attend an event celebrating the expansion of Griffith Park at Lake Hollywood Park on December 9, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 13: Hugh Hefner attends 'The Rum Diary' Los Angeles Premiere at LACMA on October 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner (C) arrives at the 2011 Ella Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel on September 19, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 07: (L-R) Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris attend the Beverly Hills City Council and Playboy Enterprises ribbon-cutting ceremony for Beverly Hills Playboy World Headquarters on August 7, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 15: Publisher Hugh Hefner attends a press conference at the 35th Anniversary Playboy Jazz Festival - Day 1 at the Hollywood Bowl on June 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodrigo Vaz/Getty Images)
Los Angeles, CA - OCTOBER 25: Hugh Hefner and Crystal Hefner attend Playboy Mansion's Annual Halloween Bash at The Playboy Mansion on October 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Playboy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Hugh Hefner (C) poses with Playboy Bunnies Playmate of the Year 2013 Raquel Pomplun (2nd L) and Miss December 2009 Crystal Hefner (2nd R) at Playboy's 60th Anniversary special event on January 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Playboy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Cooper Hefner (L) and Hugh Hefner pose at Playboy's 60th Anniversary special event on January 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Playboy)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 20: Impersonator George Kane of Florida as Hugh Hefner presents an award during The Reel Awards 2017 at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino on February 20, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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"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," the first part of the poem reads.

The mogul died on Wednesday morning due to natural causes. An iconic name behind an even more iconic brand, Hefner was one of America's best-known businessmen, a media magnate conquering more than five decades in the publishing industry.

For more on his death, watch the video above.

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Playboy bunnies through the years
A troupe of Bunny girl dancers including Maureen Hayden and Marianne Hunt during a performance at London's Playboy Club. (Photo by Victor Blackman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 19: Actor Rock Hudson signs the cuff of a Playboy Bunny at a dinner for the Motion Picture Pioneers Association at the Playboy Club on November 19, 1962 in New York, New York. (Photo by PoPsie Randolph/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
25th April 1966: Five English 'bunny girls' arrive back in at London Airport, after six months training at the Playboy headquarters in Chicago. These girls will act as hostesses at Playboy's first European club in Park Lane, London. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Dick Van Dyke and Playboy Bunny during McCarthy Fundraising Dinner and Party at The Playboy Club in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
24th March 1970: Three Playboy Club Bunny Girls practice their serving during a training session for the All-London Waiter and Waitress Race to be held for charity in Battersea Park. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Playboy Bunny during At the London Playboy Club for a Bunny Pictorial - August 1, 1969 at London Playboy Club in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
The 'Singing Bunnies' - Bunny Girl waitresses at the London Playboy Club - perform a song during the club's 'Showtime In The Playroom' spot, circa 1972. The group have recorded an album and are, left to right: Elaine Tulley, Heather Colne, Rosemary Lamb, Julie Ann Smith, Jo Anne Wigley and Karen Parkinson. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 20: A Playboy Bunny model poses at the China Club during Dewar's 12 Playboy Lounge Tour on November 19, 2002 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)
Playboy Bunnies during Super Bowl XXXVI - Playboy's Super Saturday Night at St Elizabeth's Orphanage in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Playboy Bunny during Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration in New York City - Arrivals at New York State Armory in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Playboy Bunny during Playboy's 5th Annual Super Saturday Night Event Brings Heaven and Hell to Houston at Corinthian in Houston, Texas, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
One of the New Playboy Bunny Uniforms Designed By Roberto Cavalli (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 05: Playboy Playmates (L-R) Cara Zavaleta, Stacy Sanches, Lauren Hill, Shallan Meiers, Playboy Playmate of the Year 2005 Tiffany Fallon, and Qiana Chase, model Playboy Bunny costumes during a party for the fourth anniversary of the Palms Casino Resort November 5, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Christina Santiago, Playmate of the Year 2003 during Saks Fifth Avenue and Playboy Invite You to 'Shop With a Bunny' - December 7, 2005 at Saks Fifth Avenue: Men's Fifth Avenue Club in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage for Saks Fifth Avenue)
Courtney Culkin, April 2005, Colleen Marie, August 2003, Deanna Brooks, May 1998, Lauren Hill, February 2001, Christina Santiago, Playmate of the Year 2003, and Jennifer Walcott, August 2001 (Photo by Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage for Saks Fifth Avenue)
Playboy Bunny's during Playboy Mexico Magazine 4th Anniversary at Casino Español in Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 30: Playboy Bunny Shannon attends the Playboy fragrance launch at the Hotel on Rivington on October 30, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Kohen/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 04: Jenny McCarthy poses with Playboy Bunny dealers during her 'Big Deal' charity fundraiser to benefit 'Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program at UCLA' at the Playboy Club at the Palms Hotel and Casino Resort on August 4, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Carmen Electra plays Celebrity Bunny Dealer at the Playboy Club at The Palms Hotel on December 13, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - JUNE 10: Playboy bunnies Pennelope Jimenez, Laurie Fetter and Deanna Brooks pose for a photo at the Playboy's 50th anniversary hosted by American Media, Inc's David Pecker in celebration of its iconic Playboy Bunny and world-famous Playboy Clubs at Juliet Supper Club on June 10, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images for American Media, Inc.)
STANSTED, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Playboy Bunnies wait airside for the arrival of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner at Stansted Airport on June 2, 2011 in Stansted, England. Mr Hefner is back in the UK to mark the launch of the new Playboy Club in Mayfair, which opens on June 4. The clubs opening will welcome back the iconic Playboy Bunny to Londonafter a 30 year absence. Famous Bunnies have included Debbie Harry and Lauren Hutton. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 30: Playboy Bunny attends the Christmas Playboy Mexico magazine party at the Ragga Antara Polanco on November 30, 2011 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 18: Playboy bunnies attend the Playboy Mexico magazine 10th anniversary party at Allondra interlomas on October 18, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
Two playboy bunnies pose for photos at the Indian Playboy club in Mumbai on December 19, 2012. Playboy unveiled a new-look bunny costume for its upcoming Indian club launch, opting for a more demure take on the waitress outfits but keeping the ears, bow-ties and fluffy tails. In a bid to appease conservative Indian values, the traditional skimpy corset has been replaced with a sari-inspired two-piece costume, comprising a one-shoulder top, a bare midriff and a sheer, full-length skirt with a split. AFP PHOTO/ STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Playboy Bunnies attend The Playboy Party at The Bud Light Hotel Lounge, on Friday, January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Playboy)
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