One of the coolest guys of the 60's has died. Peter Fonda, the star of the 1969 motorcycle classic, "Easy Rider" passed away this morning from respiratory failure due to complications from lung cancer. The two time Oscar nominated actor was 79 years old.
Peter was from Hollywood royalty. The son of actor Henry Ford, brother of Jane Fonda and father to Bridget Fonda, he became a symbol of the 1960s counterculture movement. Fonda co-wrote and starred in the 1969 classic “Easy Rider," playing laid back biker Captain America. The film was nominated for two Oscars, including for Fonda’s screenplay.
His family said in a statement to People Magazine, “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, 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.”
Raise a glass to Captain America this weekend!