'Easy Rider' star Peter Fonda dead at 79

Aug. 16 (UPI) — Easy Rider and Ulee’s Gold icon Peter Fonda died of lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles on Friday, his family said. He was 79.

He was part of the Fonda acting dynasty that included father Henry, sister Jane and daughter Bridget.

Fonda’s representative confirmed his death to the Hollywood Reporter.

“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” his family said in a statement to People.com.

“The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer,” the statement added. “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.”

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