Just over a week on from the death of 91-year-old Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner, his cause of death has been documented as respiratory failure following a cardiac arrest.
Hefner’s offical death certificate which was released by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, further noted he had been battling e. coli and septicaemia for six days before his death.
“The e.coli strain he had was so severe, it was highly resistant to antibiotics,” website The Blast, which first published the death certificate, reported.
The news comes after the publisher was laid to rest in a private funeral surrounded by family and friends last Saturday.
Hefner had purchased the grave site crypt next to where actress Marilyn Monroe is buried for US$75,000, so he could spend eternity by her side.