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'Easy Rider' star Peter Fonda dies at age 79

Fonda was the son of renowned actor Henry Fonda and brother of actress and activist Jane Fonda, but became a star in his own right

Two-time Oscar nominee Peter Fonda has died at age 79 from respiratory failure, caused by lung cancer, his family has announced.

"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," the family said in a statement provided to multiple news outlets.

Fonda died Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles.

Fonda was born into Hollywood royalty as the son of renowned actor Henry Fonda. Actress and activist Jane Fonda was his older sister.

Fonda was perhaps best known for the 1969 cult classic biker movie Easy Rider, which he co-wrote, produced and starred in. The film earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

However, he also had notable roles in films such as Ghost Rider, 3:10 to Yuma, The Limey and The Ballad of Lefty Brown. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1997 film Ulee's Gold, in which he played a widowed beekeeper and Vietnam War veteran.

Jane Fonda told Variety her brother "went out laughing".

"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."

Fans of Fonda's work have flooded social media with tributes and memories of the actor.

Nancy Sinatra, who starred as Fonda's girlfriend in the 1966 film The Wild Angels, shared a throwback picture of the two together alongside the heartfelt caption: "Godspeed, Heavenly Blues. You will carry my heart with you wherever you may ride".

She later tweeted to Jane Fonda, saying "it's up to us now".

"We have to stay strong and healthy to carry on our family legacies. I'm very sorry you lost your brother and I'm here if you need me."

Filmmaker Rob Reiner now lives in the house Fonda was born in. He said Fonda was a "revolutionary filmmaker during a revolutionary time".

Hollywood's elite came out in force overnight to tell their own Fonda-related stories. Guillermo del Toro, Mia Farrow, and Rosanna Arquette, among more, paid tribute on social media. Del Toro said Fonda changed cinema, but also "lived a life full of love and made this world better".

Updated: August 17, 2019 09:59 AM

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