American actor Peter Fonda has died at the age of 79.
The two-time Oscar nominee, best known for his role in the 1969 movie ‘Easy Rider’ passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Friday.
It’s understood he died from respiratory failure due to lung cancer.
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“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” the family said in a statement to US Magazine People.
“He 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,” the statement reads.
“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 honour of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.”
Fonda’s sister, much-loved American actress Jane Fonda, also released a statement confirming the sad news.
“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,” she said.
“As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy.”
My heart goes out to Jane over the loss of her brother. Peter Fonda was a revolutionary filmmaker during a revolutionary time. Born in the house I now live in, his spirit will be missed.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) August 16, 2019
EASY RIDER depicted the rise of hippie culture, condemned the establishment, and celebrated freedom. Peter Fonda embodied those values and instilled them in a generation. Independent cinema begins with EASY RIDER. Period. #RIPCaptainAmerica pic.twitter.com/HkprgavIM2
— Illeana Douglas (@Illeanarama) August 16, 2019