Actor and director Peter Fonda, who lived his life in his legendary Hollywood father’s shadow to become a counterculture personality with his role in “Easy Rider,” has passed on.
The 79 year old actor and director’s death was caused as a result of respiratory failure due to lung cancer at his Los Angeles home,
“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” the family said. “… 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.” His family said.
As the son of actor Henry Fonda and the brother of actress and activist Jane Fonda, he was automatically a member of the Hollywood powerhouse family. His daughter is actress Bridget Fonda.
“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 said.
According to Jane Fonda, she spent her younger brother’s final days with him.
Fonda broke out as a star with his turn in the 1969 blockbuster “Easy Rider,” which marked its 50th anniversary this year. The film also starred Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper.
Fonda was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay, a nomination he shared with Hopper.
His last tweet on August 9 referenced the film: “Easy Rider’ at 50: How they put together that groundbreaking soundtrack.”
The family asked for privacy to grieve, but said they wished for people to “celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life”
Peter Henry Fonda was an American actor. He was the son of Henry Fonda, younger brother of Jane Fonda, and father of Bridget and Justin Fonda. Fonda was a part of the counterculture of the 1960s and has featured in Ghost rider, wild hogs and many more.