Actor Peter Fonda dies at 79 due to respiratory failure from lung cancer


HOLLYWOOD, CA – JUNE 19: Actor Peter Fonda attends the premiere of Sony Pictures Classics’ “Boundries” at American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre on June 19, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Actor Peter Fonda has died Friday morning as a result of respiratory failure from lung cancer, his manager, Alan Somers, told CNN.

Fonda, best known for portraying Wyatt in the 1969 film Easy Rider, was 79 years old.

The Fonda family released the following statement, obtained by People, regarding 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.”

Fonda was a member of the Hollywood acting powerhouse family, as the son of legendary actor Henry Fonda and the brother of actress and activist Jane Fonda. He is also the father of actress Bridget Fonda and actor Justin Fonda.

Fonda’s death comes just after the 50th anniversary of Easy Rider, which was celebrated July 14 and a screening was being planned for September.

He was nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar for his work on Easy Rider and also received a Best Actor nomination for his part in Ulee’s Gold.  He was also in a variety of other films including The Hired Hand and The Trip.

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