Actor Peter Fonda Has Died

The 'Easy Rider' actor was 79
Actor Peter Fonda Has Died
Peter Fonda has passed away. The celebrated actor was 79.

He passed away on Friday morning (August 16) while surrounded by family at his Los Angeles home. The cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

His family said in a statement to People, "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."

His sister Jane Fonda said, "I am very sad. He was 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."

Peter Fonda was a counterculture icon known for the 1969 film Easy Rider, which he starred in an co-wrote. That filmĀ earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He also earned a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars for 1997's Ulee's Gold.

He acting in dozens of films over the years, including the upcoming The Last Full Measure, due out this fall. He also directed a handful of features.

He is survived by his third wife. He had two children, including Bridget Fonda. His father was famed actor Henry Fonda.