At the time of his death in 2017, all that remained between Hugh Hefner and former No. 1 girlfriend Holly Madison were reruns of their defunct reality show, “The Girls Next Door.”
Two years earlier, Madison had exposed her time in the Playboy Mansion, saying it was “ridiculous” in her scathing book, “Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny.” When her famous ex-boyfriend died, she chose not to address his passing publicly.
“When he passed away, everybody expected me to have some big reaction or post about it on social media, and it just felt weird. I didn’t have any emotional attachment to him anymore in any way,” she told People magazine. “I’d already come out talking about what a toxic relationship this was for me. Why am I supposed to post a memorial on my Instagram?”
Madison moved into the Playboy Mansion in 2001, quickly garnering the attention of Hefner. They dated until 2008, although Madison remained a part of their reality show that followed the lives of the playmates and Hefner.