Legendary Hollywood actor Peter Fonda passes away

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"It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away", the family said on Friday, a website reported.

In a statement to PEOPLE his family said, "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".

Easy Rider with a script co-written by Fonda, helped usher in a period known as the New Hollywood era of filmmaking, which often avoided happy endings and other conventions of the Hollywood studio system.

"I am very sad ..." That tale of a doomed road trip on a chopper through the hippy communes and small towns of 1960s America, with co-stars Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper, cemented Fonda forever in public consciousness. "He went out laughing", she said. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother, the talker of the family.

However, his most famous role came as a biker in 1969's Easy Rider.

It earned Fonda an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, and is credited with ushering in an era of counterculture, independent filmmaking. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy.

The 37-year-old actress penned a touching tribute to the legendary actor - who sadly passed away this week from lung cancer - in which she thanked him for the "impact" he had on her career when they worked together on the 1997 film "Ulee's Gold".

The last film Fonda appeared in was called "The Last Full Measure", which is scheduled for release later this year.

"I let him know there was not something to fear and that he should have simply", Fonda said. Nevertheless, he remained his passion of loyalty, Peter Fonda turned nearly 100 movies: "The fire is not extinguished in me", he said at the last Meeting in Zurich.

May his soul rest in peace.

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