Hollywood lost one of its great icons today. Peter Fonda, best known for his starring role in the 1969 film Easy Rider passed away today at the age of 79. He had been battling lung cancer, but was recently planning a concert in September in anticipation of Easy Rider’s 50th anniversary. TMZ reported he had been hospitalized with an “undisclosed ailment” earlier, but it is now known that he died from respiratory failure due to his lung cancer. He is survived by his wife Margaret DeVogelere.
Peter was born into a celebrity family. He was the brother of Jane Fonda and the son of Henry Fonda. His family released a statement shortly after his death:
“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away. [Peter] passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 16 at 11.05am at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family. The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer.”
“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.”
Peter won an Oscar for his screenwriting of Easy Rider and he was also nominated for a Best Actor award for his role as a beekeeper in Ulee’s Gold. He also won a Golden Globe in 2000 for his role in The Passion Of Ayn Rand.
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