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Actor Peter Fonda has died at 79

LOS ANGELES (WXOW) – Actor Peter Fonda, best known for his role in the 1960’s classic “Easy Rider” has died at age 79.

His publicist confirmed that he died at his Los Angeles home Friday morning.

The cause of death they said was respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

Fonda starred in the iconic 1969 movie with Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson. The movie became a symbol of the 60s counterculture.

Born into Hollywood royalty as Henry Fonda’s only son, Peter Fonda carved his own path with his non-conformist tendencies and earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing “Easy Rider.” He never won an Oscar but would later be nominated for best actor in “Ulee’s Gold.”

He was also the brother of Jane Fonda and the father of actress Bridget Fonda.

The publicist released a statement from the family:

“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.
From his Family.

Kevin Millard

Kevin Millard-Social Media Digital Content Manager for WXOW.

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