Peter Fonda dead: Iconic star of US film classic 'Easy Rider' dies aged 79

The brother of fellow Hollywood icon, Jane, passed away following respiratory failure. The Hollywood star’s passing was confirmed by his representative. Fonda passed away following a respiratory failure that was caused by lung cancer.

The ‘Easy Rider’ star was recently hospitalised with an unknown illness.

His passing was confirmed at 11.05am (7.05pm BST) Friday.

In a statement, his 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.

“As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy.

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“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.”

Easy Rider became the third-highest grossing film of 1969.

In 1998 the iconic film was selected to be preserved in the National Film Registry by the US Library of Congress.

Fonda will be survived by his wife, Margaret DeVogalaere whom he wed in 2011.

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Before then, Fonda had also been married to Susan Brewer from 1961 to 1974.

Following that he married Portia Crockett in 1975.

The pair were married for 36 years before their divorce.

He was also the son of Hollywood icon, Henry.

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The 50th anniversary of the film passed in July and Fonda was reportedly planning to hold a celebration in September.

Fonda received an Oscar for writing ‘Easy Rider’.

He also received a nomination for Best Actor for his role in ‘Ulee’s Gold’.

Continuing his success, he also won a Golden Globe for ‘The Passion of Ayn Rand’.