American actor Peter Fonda, who became famous for his role in the 1969 cult film “Easy Rider”, died at home on Friday morning at the age of 79.
“It is with great sadness that we share the news that Peter Fonda has died. He went peacefully to his home in Los Angeles on Friday, surrounded by family,” reported the relatives in a brief statement. Fonda died from the effects of lung cancer.
“Glass to freedom”
“While we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also want everyone to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love for life,” the Fonda family concludes. “In Peter’s honor, please raise a glass of freedom.”
Peter Fonda became particularly famous for his role of Wyatt in the 1969 ‘Easy Rider’ road movie. Fonda also did the production for this film and wrote the script, for which he received an Oscar nomination. The film was made for the relatively modest amount of $400,000 and made tens of millions over the years.
In 1997, Fonda was again nominated for an Oscar for best actor in ‘Ulee’s Gold’. He won a Golden Globe Award for his lead role in that film.
Peter is the brother of Jane Fonda and son of Henry Fonda, both also famous actors.