HOLLYWOOD—Actor Peter Fonda, 79, died from respiratory failure due to lung cancer, surrounded by family at his Los Angeles home on Friday, August 16 around 11:05 a.m. The news was confirmed social media by his sister, actress Jane Fonda.

“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away peacefully, 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, ” said Jane Fonda.

The actor was best known for his breakout role as the character Wyatt in the 1968 road drama film “Easy Rider,” which he self produced, co-wrote and starred alongside Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper. The film was a Blockbuster hit grossing $60 million at the box office, and was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award.

Fonda’s made his acting debut in the Broadway production “Blood, Sweat, and Standley Poole,” in 1961, including various appearances in several movies including, 1966’s “Wild Angels” co-staring, Nancy Sinatra and Bruce Dern.

Peter is the son of legendary film actor Henry Fonda. He leaves behind a daughter, actress Bridget Fonda, son Justin Fonda, and wife Susan Brewer.

He recently appeared in episodes on the following TV series including “CSI: NY,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “The Blacklist” and “Milo Murphy’s Law.” Fonda recently completed work on the film “The Last Full Measure” set for release in 2019.

Fonda was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the film “Ulee’s Gold” in 1997.