We don't say this lightly, nor do we want to sound an unnecessary or unreliable alarm, but:
Hugh Hefner may be on his death bed.
The Playboy founder is 90 years old, of course, so this may not seem like breaking news to some readers.
But The New York Post paints an especially bleak picture of Hefner's current physical state.
The newspaper reports that Hefner has not made any public appearances in months, while his weight has plummeted and everyone around him is concerned.
“He looks like he is down to around 90 pounds and super sick," a source tells Page Six of Hefner, adding:
"His people are really trying to keep this under wraps. You even have to sign a confidentiality agreement to go up to see him."
Back on August 27, Hefner Tweeted a photo of himself in purple silk pajamas from his “Midsummer Night’s Dream" party.
However, he was reportedly absent from the bash itself, leaving hosting duties to his son, Cooper. Hefner typically lives for these kinds of events (no pun intended), so this immediately raised eyebrows.
This is the last photo Hefner shared on social media.
We may be over-analyzing here, but it does sort of look like Hefner is being held up by those next to him, doesn't it?
Hefner recently sold his Playboy Mansion for $100 million and hasn’t been seen out in Los Angeles in several weeks, according to another insider.
Last year, British model Carla Howe described how Hefner was too ill to take part in one of his iconic hedonistic parties.
“Hef is so frail, he goes everywhere with a group of nurses,” she said at the time, adding that he “never leaves home” and goes to bed at 7 p.m. after watching old movies.
Again, the guy is 90 years old.
It's pretty amazing he makes it to 7 p.m. every day.
Hefner is married to a 30-year old named Crystal Harris and she has been in the news often of late.
In July, for example, Harris said she had to switch breast implants because her original set was making her sick.
She posted pictures of the new and improved boobs online.
Earlier this year, Playboy made the shocking decision to do away with naked photos in the pages of its magazine.
It's hard not to wonder if Hefner just didn't consider life worth living after that. (We're kidding.)
Here's to hoping that Hefner is doing just fine for his age and that we won't be writing any obituaries about him in the near future.