Peter Fonda

Actor Peter Fonda has passed away at the age of 79

According to the Associated Press, the official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

Born into Hollywood royalty as Henry Fonda's only son, Peter Fonda carved his own path with his non-conformist tendencies and earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing "Easy Rider." He never won an Oscar but would later be nominated for best actor in "Ulee's Gold."

Peter Fonda Easy Rider

Photo: Columbia Pictures

"It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away," his family said in a statement released to NBC News 

Fonda died peacefully on Friday morning at 11:05 a.m. at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family, the statement 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," the statement continued. "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."

Fonda co-wrote and co-starred in "Easy Rider" with his friend Dennis Hopper.

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