Peter Fonda, celebrated actor known for Easy Rider, dies aged 79
Son of Henry Fonda and brother of Jane Fonda died after battling lung cancer, family says
Guardian staff and agencies
Fri 16 Aug 2019 18.42 EDT Last modified on Fri 16 Aug 2019 19.04 EDT
Fonda in Easy Rider. Photograph: Moviestore/Rex/Shutterstock
The actor Peter Fonda has died at the age of 79 following a battle with
lung cancer, his family has said.
Fonda, who co-wrote, produced and starred in the classic 1969 road movie Easy Rider, died peacefully at his home in Los Angeles on Friday, his family said in a statement.
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He was the son of Henry Fonda and younger brother of Jane Fonda.
A statement from his family said: “It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away.
“In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy. And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life.
“In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.”
Fonda died at 11.05am local time, according to his family. The official cause was respiratory failure due to lung cancer, they said.
Fonda was a well known figure of the 1960s counterculture movement. He earned an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay for Easy Rider, which also starred Dennis Hopper.
He was nominated for the best actor Oscar for the 1997 drama Ulee’s Gold and won a Golden Globe for the film.
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