Sarah Caldwell
January 28, 2013 at 05:38 PM EST

Hugh Hefner tweeted that his secretary of over 40 years, Mary O’Connor, passed away. “We loved her more than words can say,” he wrote. EW has confirmed the news.

O’Connor regularly appeared on The Girls Next Door, often acting as the voice of reason in the mansion.

Many of Hef’s former girlfriends tweeted their sadness at the news. Kendra Wilkinson wrote, “RIP Mary O’ Connor. She was an amazing person who helped me through so much. But I know she’s happy with her boo Captain Bob.”

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