In the wake of Hugh Hefner’s death, nearly everyone that was close to the Playboy founder issued some kind of sorrowful statement.
Nearly everyone except the woman married to him, that is.
But Crystal Hefner has now broken her silence, two days after her famous husband was laid to rest in an intimate funeral attended by close friends and loved ones.
“I haven’t been able to bring myself to write most people back to thank them for their condolences,” Crystal told E! News in a statement, adding simply and sadly:
“I am heartbroken. I am still in disbelief.”
Hefner passed away at the age of 91 last Wednesday.
There had been rumors for several months that the publishing legend was ill, as he had not made any public appearances or posed for any pictures in quite awhile.
Hefner was buried over the weekend alongside Marilyn Monroe, an honor for which he paid $75,000 back in 1992.
“He is in the place he was always certain he wanted to spend eternity,” says Crystal.
Only 31 years old, Crystal has always been aware that critics believed she married Hefner purely for his money and lifestyle.
But she didn’t even bother to address those allegations in her chat with E! News. She stopped trying to convince those haters a long time ago.
“He was an American hero. A pioneer. A kind and humble soul who opened up his life and home to the world,” she says, continuing as follows:
“I felt how much he loved me. I loved him so much. I am so grateful. He gave me life.
“He gave me direction. He taught me kindness. I will feel eternally grateful to have been by his side, holding his hand, and telling him how much I love him.”
Concludes the widow:
“He changed my life, he saved my life. He made me feel loved every single day. He was a beacon to the world, a force unlike anything else.
“There never has and never will be another Hugh M. Hefner.”
On that, everyone can likely agree.
Those who attended Hefner’s funeral included Natalie Wood, Florence Henderson, Truman Capote, Eve Arden, Don Knotts, Walter Matthau, Carroll O’Connor and Roy Oribison.
The publisher’s four kids were there, too, of course.
“I join the world in mourning,” Crystal tells E! News. “I thank you for all of your condolences. To the people leaving sentiments at the front gate, we see you and grieve with you.”
Hef’s last will and testament have yet not been made public.
However, according to reports, his fortune, worth between $43 million and $110 million, is expected to go to his family and charities.
There’s been talk that he left nothing for his wife.