Jane Fonda leads celebrity tributes to brother Peter and says he ‘went out laughing’ after his death aged 79

JANE Fonda has led the string of celebrity tributes to her brother Peter, who died aged 79.

The Easy Rider actor passed away in Los Angeles on Friday following a battle with lung cancer.

His family said in a statement: “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.

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Older sister Jane led the tributes to brother Peter.[/caption]

“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 honour of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom,” it added.

A heartfelt message from older sister Jane, 81, soon followed the statement, where she

commemorated her “sweet-hearted baby brother”.

The actress said: “I am very sad. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother.

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The Hollywood star passed away in Los Angeles on Friday following a battle with lung cancer.[/caption]

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He is best known for his starring role in Easy Rider alongside Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson.[/caption]

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Peter was married to Margaret DeVogelaere.[/caption]

“The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing.”

News of Peter’s death soon sparked a reaction with other celebs , who took to social media to offer their condolences.

Comedian Kathy Griffin posted a snap of Peter, with the caption: “1) RIP Legend. May I tell you guys a little about my friend @PeterFonda?”

She then went on to list a number of gushing tributes to the star.

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Peter died after suffering respiratory failure due to lung cancer.[/caption]

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The celebrated actor is father to Bridget and Justin Fonda.[/caption]

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Flower tributes stand near his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[/caption]

In another, she said: “2) I think the first time he approached me was 10 or 15 years ago and I was blown away because he went out of his way to come up to me, very casual not acting like a Hollywood phony at all and would tell me to “keep at it” and “keep doing my thing, man.”

While Inception star Joesph Gordon-Levitt, simply wrote: “ICON”.

Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro tweeted: “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.”

The actor, who is best known for his starring role in Easy Rider alongside Dennis Hopper, passed away in the early hours of the morning surrounded by family and friends.

According to sources, Peter had been in and out of hospital prior to his death.

He is the son of Henry Fonda, whose career spanned five decades before his death in 1982.

The Oscar nominated star is also the father of Bridget and Justin Fonda, who are both actors.


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