|Hugh Hefner and his wife|
It was previously known that Hefner, who passed away last Wednesday at the age of 91, had been suffering from an infection, though it's unconfirmed whether or not that infection was the E. coli that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health discovered. Sources close to the publisher had also revealed that he came down with a "mild illness" in the weeks before his passing.
Septicemia is an infection that results from the presence of bacteria in the blood and involves severe inflammation of body tissue.
As his health declined, Hefner had shied away from the public eye in recent years, with his last major public appearance coming back in May of 2016 when he helped announce the Playmate of the Year.
Previous reports had indicated that Hefner's health had become "debilitating" as he became bed-ridden, struggled with back problems and was unable to walk without assistance.
Hefner's cause of death comes hours after his wife, Crystal Harris, broke her silence on his death.
"I haven't been able to bring myself to write most people back to thank them for their condolences," the 31-year-old model said in a statement to E! News. "I am heartbroken. I am still in disbelief." SHARE YOUR STORY WITH US VIA EMAIL: INFO@247NIGERIANEWSUPDATE.CO RECEIVE NEWS VIA OUR WHATSAPP, KINDLY TEXT +234 701 056 0394 TO ADD YOU CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR NEWS UPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON TWITTER FOR INSTANT NEWS UPDATE: @247NGNEWSUPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN MILLIONS AROUND THE GLOBE TO READ NEWS ON OUR FACEBOOK FAN PAGE FOR INSTANT UPDATES ON INSTAGRAM CLICK HERE RECEIVE INSTANT NEWS UPDATE VIA OUR BBM BROADCAST: D3EDEFDF PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>