Peter Fonda, the son of Henry Fonda and the younger brother of Jane Fonda, has died, PEOPLE confirms. He was 79.
Peter’s family confirmed the sad news in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE on Friday and said that the two-time Oscar-nominee died after suffering respiratory failure due to lung cancer.
“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” the family said. “[Peter] passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 16 at 11:05 a.m. at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family.”
“The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer,” they continued.
Yes, I know he was pretty much your archetypical Hollywood limousine-liberal schmuck and all. Nevertheless, I still consider Easy Rider to be one of the damned greatest movies ever made, and it was Fonda that done it. Even though Jack Nicholson pretty much stole the whole show with his mesmerizing, too-brief turn as George, Fonda definitely had his moments too. Such as:
The bit I like most here comes at about 1:00 or so in, but of course one can never go wrong watching the whole thing. Fare thee well, Pete, and may you rest easy. If only for that one glorious moment, you done good.