Hugh Hefner has been left with a heavy heart. The Playboy executive is mourning the death of his longtime secretary Mary O’Connor.
Hefner announced the sad news via Twitter on Sunday that the 82-year-old had passed away. “Mary passed away today. We loved her more than words can say,” Hefner wrote.
A source tells Us Weekly that Hefner is “devastated” over O’Connor’s death.
The two worked closely together for over 40 years. O’Connor also made multiple appearances on Hefner’s reality TV show, “The Girls Next Door.”
“Hef and everyone at the mansion are taking this really hard,” the insider tells Us Weekly.
The cause of death is unknown, but Hefner has eluded to O’Connor being ill in recent tweets. “Crystal [Harris] is going to visit Mary O’Connor, who is not doing very well,” he wrote on Jan. 26. “Mary has our prayers. We all love her.”
In addition to working for the 86-year-old mogul, O’Connor played a significant role in Hefner’s love life. He credits her with patching things up with his current wife Crystal Harris. The two married this New Year’s Eve after calling it quits in June of 2011.
“It’s Mary O’Connor that brought Crystal Harris back,” Hefner explained. “Crystal was miserable & said so. Mary told Crystal to write and tell me, which she did.”
Mary’s husband “Captain Bob” passed away nine months ago. Former “Girls Next Door” star Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett took to Twitter when she heard the news. “RIP Mary O’Connor. She was an amazing person who helped me through so much. But I know she’s happy with her boo Captain Bob.”
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