Hugh Hefner's widow Crystal pays tribute to the Playboy founder three years ...

Hugh Hefner's widow Crystal pays tribute to the Playboy founder three years after his death: 'I will be forever grateful'

By Kevin Kayhart For Dailymail.com

Published: 03:03 BST, 28 September 2020 | Updated: 03:03 BST, 28 September 2020

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Hugh Hefner's widow, Crystal Hefner, is remembering her late husband on the third anniversary of his death.

The former Playmate took to Instagram on Sunday, September 27, and shared a loving tribute to the Playboy magazine founder, who passed away at his home, dubbed the Playboy Mansion, in Holmby Hills, California at the age of 91. 

'Three years. It's hard to believe,' the 34-year-old began in the caption of a photo of the couple snuggled up next to each other.

'Thank you for always being my greatest ally, teaching me the definition of kindness, and making me feel extremely important and adored for ten years. I will be forever grateful.'

Heartfelt: Crystal Hefner, 34, shared a loving tribute to her late husband Hugh Hefner on the third anniversary of his death; they are pictured in October 2014

Heartfelt: Crystal Hefner, 34, shared a loving tribute to her late husband Hugh Hefner on the third anniversary of his death; they are pictured in October 2014

In another tribute, Hefner (born Crystal Harris) shared the same photo of the couple on her Instagram Stories that she headlined: 'Thinking of this legend today.'

The model, who was the Playboy Playmate of the Month in December 2009, was married to Hefner from December 31, 2012, until his death on September 27, 2017.

They wed when he was 86 and she was 26 .

The legendary publisher died from sepsis that was brought on by a E. coli infection. Sepsis is an inflammatory immune

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