Tears of laughter were being shed for Hugh Hefner — after The Onion posted a 132-word crime report with a headline for the ages.

“Officials Investigating Hugh Hefner’s Death Suspect Foreplay,” said the satirical site.

“Never change, Onion. Never. Change,” said a supposedly Detroit-based fan on Twitter.

The Onion’s story began:

“LOS ANGELES — Citing the overwhelming amount of physical evidence present at the scene, Los Angeles Police Department officials announced Thursday that they now suspect foreplay may have been involved in the recent death of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.”

It ended: “At present, police believed the perpetrators of Hefner’s death were six or seven individuals working in concert.”

Few enjoyed the wordplay — foreplay for foul play — more than the site’s social media folks.

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