BREAKING NEWS: Hollywood icon Peter Fonda dies at the age of 79 after battle with lung cancer
- Peter Fonda died after suffering respiratory failure from lung cancer
- The actor was best known for his role in 1969 film Easy Rider
- He had been hospitalized recently with an undisclosed ailment, TMZ reported
- Peter is the brother of actress Jane Fonda and son of Henry Fonda
- He was planning a September gig and screening for the film’s 50th anniversary
Peter Fonda has died at 79, after suffering respiratory failure from lung cancer, People reported Friday.
The actor, best known for his role in 1969 film Easy Rider, had been hospitalized recently with an undisclosed ailment, TMZ reported.
Peter was the brother of actress Jane Fonda and son of Henry Fonda and he is survived by his wife Margaret DeVogelere.
His family wrote in a statement: ‘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.’
Peter Fonda has died after being recently hospitalized multiple times for an undisclosed ailment
Peter Fonda has died aged 79, TMZ has reported. The actor is best known for his role in 1969 film Easy Rider
‘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 was planning a concert and screening of the classic film in September to recognize the 50th anniversary.
The movie earned Peter an Oscar nomination for his writing of the culture classic.
The screen star was also up for a Best Actor Academy Award for his role as a beekeeper in Ulee’s Gold.
He also claimed a Golden Globe in 2000 for his role in The Passion of Ayn Rand.
Peter was the brother of actress Jane Fonda and son of Henry Fonda (pictured November 2015)