Peter Fonda, '60's Icon And 'Easy Rider' Star, Dies At 79

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Peter Fonda, '60's Icon And 'Easy Rider' Star, Dies At 79
​In a statement released to People, Fonda's family confirmed the actor's death and said the cause was respiratory failure as a result of lung cancer.
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Peter Fonda, the co-writer and star of the 1960's counterculture film "Easy Rider," has died. He was 79.

In a statement released to People, Fonda's family confirmed the actor's death and said the cause was respiratory failure as a result of lung cancer.

The Fonda family told People: "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 ... In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom."

Born in 1940, Fonda was the son of Hollywood star Henry Fonda. He would go on to become a film star in his own right, rising to prominence as a result of co-writing and acting in the seminal 1969 film, "Easy Rider." He would eventually be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1997 for his role in "Ulee's Gold."

Fonda is survived by his wife, sister and children. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.