Legendary actress Jane Fonda, best known for her roles in “9 to 5” and “Monster-in-Law,” is mourning the death of her younger brother, fellow Hollywood Icon Peter Fonda.
As CBS News reports, Peter passed away on August 16 after a long battle with lung cancer. He died of respiratory failure at the age of 79 years old. Peter was best known for his 1969 movie “Easy Rider,” which catapulted him into Hollywood stardom.
Jane Fonda reacts to the death of her brother, Peter: “I am very sad. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing" https://t.co/2J5YujswjR pic.twitter.com/8FRSikRalO
— Variety (@Variety) August 16, 2019
The Fonda family released a joint statement shortly after the actor’s passing. It read:
“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away. [Peter] passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 16 at 11:05 a.m. at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family. 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. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy. And, 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,” the family finished. “In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.”
Jane later issued a statement of her own.
The actress told People that she is “very sad” over the loss of her only sibling:
“I am very sad. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother, the talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing.”
According to People, Jane and Peter were especially close to each other during their rocky childhood, which included the estrangement of their father and their mother’s death by suicide.
Jane Fonda reacts to the death of her brother, Peter: “I am very sad. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing" https://t.co/2J5YujK7Ir pic.twitter.com/lZAEqjxDxS
— Variety (@Variety) August 17, 2019
Jane and Peter were only 12 and 10 years old, respectively, at the time of their mom’s passing. Jane told People in an earlier interview that their mother’s suicide affected Peter much more:
“It was like she’d just been erased. [The Christmas after she died], Peter filled a chair with presents and a letter for her. He couldn’t stand that there was no acknowledgment of her. He was such a sensitive, sweet, vulnerable kid.”
Aside from his job as an actor, Peter was also a producer, director, and writer. He’s also been nominated for two Academy Awards and has won two Golden Globes.
Peter’s final movie, “The Last Full Measure,” is expected to be released later this year.