On the same day Elvis Presley died but forty-two years later another 60s icon is riding off into the sunset.  A representative for Peter Fonda confirmed today the son of legendary actor Henry Fonda, died this morning of respiratory failure due to lung cancer. Peter Fonda was seventy-nine years old.

His sister Jane Fonda said in TMZ 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.

Fonda was most well-known of course for the movie he wrote, directed and produced with Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson, 1969's Easy Rider. It told of the odyssey of two hippie drug dealers who took the profits from their latest deal, bought two motorcycles and set out cross-country from Los Angeles in order to reach New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras, then onto Florida for a carefree life.

Along the way they meet a variety of characters and odd sorts, including Nicholson who plays an establishment but rebellious attorney who joins them on the spur of the moment, all with eventual mortal consequences. The work earned Fonda an Oscar nomination for writing.

Married three times he was surrounded by family and close friends when he quietly and peacefully slipped away.