Hollywood actor Peter Fonda has died at the age of 79 following a battle with lung cancer, his family has said. Easy Rider star Peter was the son of Henry Fonda, and the brother of actress Jane Fonda.
In a statement, his family shared:
‘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 honour of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.’
He was nominated for two Oscars throughout his career and won Golden Globes for best actor in Ulee’s Gold and best-supporting actor for The Passion of Ayn Rand.
He first worked on Broadway before moving into TV shows such as Naked City, The New Breed, Wagon Train, and The Defenders before he made his film debut alongside Sandra Dee in Tammy and the Doctor.
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