Peter Fonda has died at age 79. The iconic actor, whose father is Hollywood legend Henry Fonda, passed away on Friday after suffering respiratory failure due to his battle with lung cancer.
His family, including older sister Jane Fonda, announced the sad news in a statement to People magazine.
“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away. He passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 16, at 11:05 am 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,” it read.
R.I.P. Peter Fonda. Most will post about “Easy Rider” – a great film – but I’d also strongly recommend his 2nd movie as a director – the little known lyrical western “The Hired Hand” – We did an evening together celebrating it at the Cinematheque – Peter was so proud of that film pic.twitter.com/hfY3c0BVlI
— Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) August 16, 2019
The famous family also asked those who knew Peter to help them celebrate his incredible life. He was a beloved staple in Hollywood, which is proven by the outpouring of tributes in his honor.
Social media became flooded with messages honoring Peter and expressing their condolences for Jane.
“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,” Tweeted Direct Rob Reiner.
“Lost one of the good ones today. To one of the most important and iconic show business and activist families in Hollywood history… my condolences” shared Billy Baldwin
“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” wrote Illeana Douglas.
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“Peter Fonda was one of the oddest people I’ve ever met, and honestly, I think he’d be thrilled to know I remembered him that way. What a life,” expressed actress Mara Wilson.
Hollywood has lost another great one. Peter Fonda died on Friday. He certainly left his mark on Hollywood, but it is his family that is truly devastated by his passing. Jane shared a heartfelt message honoring her baby brother.
“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,” she shared in a statement to Variety,
RIP Peter Fonda!