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Hugh Hefner’s widow claims the Playboy mogul was so addicted to painkillers Viagra employees feared he would die of an overdose.

Hugh Hefner’s widow Crystal has claimed the late Playboy mogul was secretly addicted to painkillers and Viagra with an ‘earthquake of prescription drugs’ at his infamous mansion.

The former teammate, 37, who married the magazine publisher when she was 26 and he was 86 in 2012, said his pills were so strong staff feared he would die of an overdose.

Hugh died aged 91 in 2017 of heart failure and septicemia after contracting a deadly strain of e-coli, leaving behind a fortune of $43 million.

Crystal revealed in her new memoir Only Say Good Things that Hugh first started taking painkillers after being prescribed them for back pain.

He said he then found doctors who helped support his addiction with monthly refills before staff felt the need to step in when he became less coherent.

Hugh Hefner’s widow Crystal, 37, claimed the late Playboy mogul was secretly addicted to painkillers and Viagra with an ‘earthquake of prescription drugs’ at his infamous mansion.

A former team-mate, who married the magazine publisher when she was 26 and he was 81 in 2012, said his pill popping was so severe staff feared he would die of an overdose (pictured together in 2014)

Writing: ‘With so many celebrities dying of overdoses from doctors giving them endless supplies, people around (Hugh) were more cautious and opiates had to be given to him like he was giving us permits – in controlled doses.

She also claimed that Hugh’s hearing was «shot» as a result of excessive use of erectile dysfunction medication.

Writing that the octogenarian would rather «give up a limb» than give up Viagra as he tries to maintain his hard-partying lifestyle.

Viagra and similar impotence drugs have been linked to hundreds of cases of sudden hearing loss worldwide.

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Elsewhere in the book, she recalled how her future husband gave her marijuana the first night they met, when she was 21, before the pair attended an orgy.

Crystal claimed she didn’t like the taste, which led to her merely pretending to inhale, later learning Hugh’s ritual of ‘passing the pot’ with every new woman he slept with.

MailOnline has contacted Hugh Hefner’s estate for comment.

Five days before their first wedding, Crystal called off her engagement only for the couple to rekindle their romance later.

She also claimed that Hugh’s hearing was «shot» as a result of his excessive use of erectile dysfunction medication (pictured together in 2011).

Writing that the octogenarian would rather ‘give up a limb’ than give up Viagra as he tries to maintain his partying lifestyle

Elsewhere in the book, she recalled how her future husband gave her marijuana the first night they met, when she was 21, before the pair attended an orgy (pictured in 2011).

The Playboy impresario was previously married to childhood sweetheart Mildred ‘Millie’ Williams, after tying the knot in 1949.

In his E! True Hollywood Story Millie was revealed to have allowed the businessman to have extramarital affairs.

According to the show, this was a result of the guilt she felt about herself for being unfaithful while he was in the army from 1944 to 1946.

During their marriage, they welcomed two children into the world, Christie and David, before finally calling it quits in 1959.

Hugh married his second wife, Kimberley Conrad, in 1989. During the marriage, the couple had two boys, Marston and Cooper.

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The couple went their separate ways in 1998, but didn’t officially sign divorce papers until 2010.

It comes after Kendra Wilkinson revealed she was ‘dying of depression’ after dealing with the ‘unresolved trauma’ of being at the Playboy HQ.

It comes after Kendra Wilkinson revealed she was ‘dying of depression’ after dealing with the ‘unresolved trauma’ of being at the Playboy HQ.

She first rose to fame about two decades ago at the age of 18, starring in Girls Next Door as one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends (pictured in 2006).

Hugh’s ex-girlfriend, 38, recalled being hospitalized just four months ago after suffering a panic attack.

«I was at the end of my life and I was going into psychosis,» she told People, «I felt like I wasn’t strong enough to live anymore.»

«I was in a state of panic,» she said. “I didn’t know what was going on in my head and my body or why I was crying. I hit rock bottom.”

The reality TV personality revealed that she is now working with a therapist to unpack her trauma, some of which she says was caused by living in the Playboy mansion many years ago.

Since her discharge, she has reported feeling better after being put on antipsychotic medication and attending outpatient treatment three times a week.

Reflecting on that time is difficult for her, she said, explaining that she often questions the decisions she made at the time and questions herself why she was with Hefner, who was 60 years her senior.

«I was doing drugs at 15 and I was in a lot of trouble,» she said of her childhood before moving into the Playboy headquarters.

«It’s not easy to look back on your 20s,» she told the paper. “I had to face my demons.

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Of this lifestyle, she admitted: ‘Playboy really ruined my whole life.’

How many wives did Hugh Hefner have?

The famous media mogul had three wives throughout his life.

Before the launch of Playboy in 1953, Hugh was already smitten with his childhood sweetheart Mildred ‘Millie’ Williams.

Although the lovebirds were a part when he was in the army from 1944 to 1946, Hugh discovered that Millie had been unfaithful upon his return to the US.

Despite the infidelity, the couple got together in 1949.

WELL! Hugh Hefner! True Hollywood Story Millie was revealed to have allowed the businessman to have extramarital affairs.

According to the show, this was a result of the guilt she felt for being unfaithful while he was in the military.

After divorcing his childhood sweetheart, the media mogul married Kimberley Conrad in 1989 (pictured: Kimberly, Hugh and their two sons Marston and Cooper in 1998)

The Playboy founder married his last wife, Crystal Hefner, 26, aged 86, on New Year’s Eve in 2012 (pictured in 2015).

During their marriage, they welcomed two children into the world, Christie and David, before finally calling it quits in 1959.

Hugh married his second wife, Kimberley Conrad, in 1989. During the marriage, the couple had two boys, Marston and Cooper.

The couple went their separate ways in 1998, but did not officially sign divorce papers in 2010.

Hugh’s last wife was Crystal Hefner, who he popped the question to in 2010.

Just five days before their first wedding, Crystal called off their engagement.

Hugh Hefner Crystal married on New Year’s Eve 2012 at the age of 86 and 26.

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