Hugh Hefner's Wife And Kids Must Stay Drug-Free To Inherit His Fortune

Playboy head honcho Hugh Hefner was worth a whopping £200m ($267m) during his heyday.

Although that reportedly dropped down to £32m ($43m) when he died this past September, he was still pretty loaded.

While all of Hef's family understandably would like a piece of his considerably large leftover pie, it turns out that they'll have to stick to one condition: they need to lay off the drugs.

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According to legal documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight, Hefner's wife Crystal and his four children, Christie, David, Marston and Cooper must not take illegal drugs or become dependent on booze in order to access the money he left to them.

The lengthy legal document states: "Mandatory distributions to the beneficiary and the beneficiary's withdrawal rights ... will be suspended if:...the trustees reasonably believe that a beneficiary of any trust routinely or frequently uses or consumes any illegal substance so as to be physically or psychologically dependent upon that substance..."

"...or is clinically dependent upon the use or consumption of alcohol or any other legal drug or chemical substance that is not prescribed by a board certified medical doctor or psychiatrist in a current program of treatment supervised by such doctor or psychiatrist..."

The suspension will apply if those in charge of Hef's trust "reasonably believe" that a family member's ability to care for themselves or their finances is affected by such a condition.

The document even states that lawyers can request drug tests if they suspect any of Hef's family are on drugs.

However, if anyone gets cut off they need not kick themselves forever, as they may be able to regain access to Hef's honeypot if tests show they have been clean for 12 months.

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Hefner built his fortune on his Playboy empire which grew to include TV, films, websites, nightclubs and even a clothing range.

He died from heart failure aged 91 in September and was buried in LA's Westwood Village Memorial Park next to Marilyn Monroe, star of the first Playboy centrefold in 1953.

The amount Hef's family have access to was set to grow even larger, as the tycoon was due to be played by Jared Leto in a biopic of his life.

However, Leto backed out of the project after director Brett Ratner was accused of sexually harassing six women. The project is now indefinitely on hold.

Still, £32m is more than enough for Hefner's family to live on. If they can steer clear of the AA meetings, that is.

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Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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