Hollywood Remembers Peter Fonda: “Raise a Glass to Freedom”

The “Easy Rider” star died Friday at age 79

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Celebrity fans and friends paid tribute Friday to Peter Fonda, the son of Henry Fonda and younger brother of Jane Fonda, who died in his home at age 79 on August 16. He is best known for playing the role of Wyatt in 1969’s “Easy Rider,” and he also starred in films like “Ulee’s Gold” and “The Hired Hand.” Friends, family and peers posted their tributes to the late countercultural icon.

“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” The Fonda family issued an exclusive statement to People magazine. “He passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 16 at 11:05am at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family. The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer. 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,” the statement concluded. “In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.”

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