Peter Fonda, who starred in the Hollywood film Easy Rider, died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 79. His family said in a statement that the cause was respiratory failure resulting from lung cancer. Fonda hailed from an iconic Hollywood family. His father, Henry Fonda, and his sister, Jane Fonda, were both Academy Award winners. Fonda is best known for his role as Wyatt in 1969's Easy Rider, a counterculture film which film critic Roger Ebert once called "one of the rallying-points of the late '60s." He also contributed to the screenplay, for which he and his fellow writers were nominated for an Academy Award. Jane Fonda, who said she was with her brother over his final days, said "he went out laughing."
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