A heavily sideburned Peter Fonda astride his Harley-Davidson in Easy Rider is an iconic image of the sixties.
This is how many remembered the Oscar-nominated US actor in their social media tributes after his death at the age of 79.
RIP Peter Fonda pic.twitter.com/x53Fdf0MVb— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 16, 2019
A family statement said he died at his home in Los Angeles on Friday of respiratory failure from lung cancer.
Fonda was part of a family of acting royalty - his father was Hollywood leading man Henry Fonda and his sister, Jane Fonda. Actress Bridget Fonda is his daughter.
In her tribute on Facebook, Jane Fonda said his heart was "flying free".
Leading Hollywood figures described him as a "beautiful soul" who "helped changed cinema".
A beautiful soul. Peace Peter. pic.twitter.com/dtPuxv0buq— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 17, 2019
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
Hollywood icon, 2-time Oscar nominee and star of 'Easy Rider,' Peter Fonda, passed away this morning. He was the son of acting legend Henry Fonda, the younger brother of Jane Fonda and the father of Bridget Fonda 🕊️ Rest In Peace, Easy Rider! pic.twitter.com/ofULK5fwWF— New York Film Academy (@NYFA) August 16, 2019
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'His heart was flying free' - Jane Fonda on death of 'Easy Rider'