Arts & Entertainment | September 29, 2017 5:00 am

Pamela Anderson Writes a Poem in Honor of Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner

She posed for his magazine 14 times.

Pamela Anderson wrote a poem to commemorate her late friend Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy. Hefner died of natural causes Wednesday night, Vanity Fair reports.

Anderson wrote a poem for Hefner. In it, she credits him with teaching her “everything important about freedom and respect.” She said he was the most important person in her life, outside of her family. She said that she had “no brain right now to edit,” but that she became the person she is because of him, Vanity Fair reports.

She posted a video of herself wiping away tears on Instagram along with the poem.

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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Anderson appeared in Hefner’s Playboy magazine 14 times, starting in 1989 and ending with her last shoot in 2016. That shoot was also the magazine’s last issue with nude models.

The poem continues by talking about Hefner’s deteriorating health, and how the last time Anderson saw him, he was in a lot of pain and using a walker. He couldn’t hear well. But Anderson says that Hefner did show her a piece of paper that he kept in his pocket that had “Pamela” written on it with a heart around it, Vanity Fair reports.

Anderson also wrote that Hefner “said the magazine was about a girl like me. That I embody the spirit you fantasized about. I was the one,” reports Vanity Fair. She then thanked him for making the world a better, free-er, and sexier place. She calls him “a gentleman, charming, elegant, chivalrous, and so much fun,” writes Vanity Fair, before signing off with a goodbye.

Other celebrities have expressed their remorse for Hefner’s passing, like Kim Kardashian, who posed in 2007 for the magazine.

Other tributes were more surprising, writes Vanity Fair, like Edgar Wright or Kat Dennings. Reverend Jesse Jackson even chimed in, saying “Hugh Hefner was a strong supporter of the civil rights movement. We shall never forget him. May he Rest In Peace,” according to Vanity Fair. 

Hefner had a 60-plus-year career. According to Vanity Fair, he also saved the Hollywood sign twice.