Easy Rider star Peter Fonda passes away at 79; sister Jane Fonda is heartbroken

Two-time Oscar nominee Peter Fonda has passed away at the age of 79, after battling with lung cancer. In a statement, sister Jane Fonda spoke about her sadness of losing her baby brother.
Peter Fonda passed away on August 16, 2019, after battling with lung cancer.
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Peter Fonda, two-time Oscar nominee, best known for producing, co-writing and starring in road drama, Easy Rider (1969), has sadly passed away at the age of 79. The actor breathed his last on August 16, 2019, in his Los Angeles home, while surrounded by family. Peter was battling with lung cancer and the cause of death was respiratory failure due to his prolonged illness. A statement by the family was released which reads as, "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.

"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," the statement continued. Peter is the son of On Golden Pond (1981) actor Henry Fonda and younger brother of Coming Home (1978) actress Jane Fonda. In a heartbreaking statement to Variety, Jane shared, "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."

Peter is survived by his wife Margaret DeVogelere and children Bridget Fonda and Justin Fonda.

When it comes to his long list of accomplishments, Peter was nominated for two Academy Awards; one for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced for Easy Rider, along with Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern and the other for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Ulee's Gold (1997).

While nominated for four Golden Globes, Fonda won two awards; one for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for Ulee's Gold and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999). The actor also received nominations for Most Promising Newcomer - Male for The Victors (1963) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for The Tempest (1998).

Rest in peace, Mr. Fonda.

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