The american actor Peter Fonda made famous by its role as a biker in the cult film Easy Rider (1969), which he co-wrote, died Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 79 years, announced his entourage.

the Son of the legend of Hollywood Henry Fonda, brother of Jane Fonda and father of Bridget Fonda, Peter Fonda, died of respiratory arrest caused by lung cancer, said his publicist in a press release.

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“While we mourn the loss of this sweet man, and gracious, we also want to celebrate her indomitable spirit and her love of life. In honor of Peter, wear-a toast to freedom please”, concludes the press release signed by his family. “I am very sad. It was my nice little brother loved it. The talker of the family. I spent wonderful moments with him alone these last few days. He left laughing,” said Jane Fonda in a statement sent to AFP.

Easy Rider , written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, interpreted by the first two and directed by Hopper, is one of the film banners of the american counter-culture of the sixties. It evokes the quest for freedom through an odyssey on a motorcycle in the wide open spaces of the american southwest.

The image of Peter Fonda legs extended on his custom chopper Harley-Davidson painted in the colors of the american flag is emblematic of the cinema of that time. A copy of this motorcycle was sold at auction for $ 1.35 million in 2014.

In 1998, he had competed for an academy award for his role in the film The Gold of life of Victor Nuñez, for which he won a Golden Globe.

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More recently, Peter Fonda had played the role of Mephistopheles in Ghost Rider (2007). His latest film, The Last Full Measure , with Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman and Laurence Fishburne, is scheduled for release at the end of October in the United States.

environmental Activist of the first hour, the actor had made a sensation at the Cannes film festival in 2011, when he had described the then us president, Barack Obama, of “fucking traitor” in criticizing him for his management of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the sinking of the oil platform Deepwater Horizon.

Peter Fonda leaves behind his wife, Margaret DeVogelaere, and the children he has fathered with a previous union with Susan Brewer, Bridget and Justin Fonda. His two children have also worked in Hollywood.