The actress released a statement about her younger brother to People after her family confirmed that the “Easy Rider” actor died on Friday morning. His death was caused by respiratory failure due to lung cancer, according to the family’s statement. He was 79.
“I am very sad,” Jane Fonda said, according to the publication. “He was my sweet-hearted baby brother, the talker of the family.”
She added, “I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing.”
Peter Fonda, a counterculture icon who was the son of the late famed actor Henry Fonda and the father of actress Bridget Fonda, earned two Oscar nominations, including a Best Actor nod for his titular role in the 1997 film “Ulee’s Gold.”
Peter Fonda- actor, director, dearest man. Gentle, generous, wise soul. Seek Easy Rider, yes- but also seek The Hired Hand. He helped changed Cinema, but he also lived a life full of love and made this world better. pic.twitter.com/stAbjcm1wd— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) August 17, 2019
R.I.P. Peter Fonda. Most will post about “Easy Rider” - a great film - but I’d also strongly recommend his 2nd movie as a director - the little known lyrical western “The Hired Hand” - We did an evening together celebrating it at the Cinematheque - Peter was so proud of that film pic.twitter.com/hfY3c0BVlI— Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) August 16, 2019
💔Rest Easy Peter Fonda🙏🏽 https://t.co/beWqKDsIVp— Holly🌸Robinson🌸Peete (@hollyrpeete) August 16, 2019
Today, we remember two-time Oscar nominee Peter Fonda, who co-wrote and starred in the groundbreaking “Easy Rider.” pic.twitter.com/oHDZHGsJjD— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 17, 2019
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