Hollywood Actor Peter Fonda, Star of ‘Easy Rider,’ Dead at 79

FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 file photo, Peter Fonda, poses atop a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Glendale, Calif. Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right both writing and starring in counterculture classics like “Easy Rider,” has died. His family says in a statement that Fonda died Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 79. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Peter Fonda, the actor son of movie titan Henry Fonda and brother to Jane Fonda, has died of respiratory failure from lung cancer in Los Angeles, his family announced Friday. He was 79.

“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” according to a statement from the actor’s family, issued by the family’s longtime publicist Melody Korenbrot.

The statement said Fonda died at 11:05 a.m. at his home, 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,” the statement added.

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.”

Jane Fonda said in a statement to USA TODAY that she was “very sad” over losing “my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing.”

Although not as well known as his father and sister, Peter Fonda was best known for 1969’s groundbreaking counterculture classic “Easy Rider.” Fonda produced, co-wrote and co-starred in the movie along with Dennis Hopper, who directed the film.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Maria Puente and Bryan Alexander