Sonny Barger, a prominent founding member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, author, a former felon, and sporadic Sons of Anarchy actor, passed away yesterday. Let’s see what happened, How did Sonny Barger die, and what was his cause of death.
How did Sonny Barger die?
In a pre-written letter that was later uploaded on his Facebook page today, Barger made his own death official: “If you are reading this message, you’ll know that I’m gone. I’ve requested that this letter be published right away upon my death. I’ve had a long, happy life full of adventures. And I’ve had the honor of belonging to a fantastic club. Despite the fact that I have been in the public eye for many years, I have spent much of my special time with my club brothers, my family, and close friends.
Please be aware that after a brief struggle with cancer, I passed away peacefully. However, I also want you to know that towards the end, I was surrounded by the people who mattered most: my wife Zorana and my loved ones. Keep your head up, be loyal, and free, and value honor constantly. – Sonny”
Sonny Barger Cause of death
As far as the statement from Sonny Barger on his scheduled Facebook post before his death said “Please be aware that after a brief struggle with cancer, I passed away peacefully.”
Anyways Barger didn’t exactly mention what specific cancer he had. But Some online resources are claiming that he had throat cancer before and he lost his voice due to that. But recently no official statements from the family confirmed his type of cancer. We will update once we got enough information.
Sonny Barger’s Career
Here are all the facts you need to know about Barger and his legacy on American culture.
Barger was a founder member of the club’s Oakland, California, chapter and has served as the legendary and frequently criminal Angels’ public face for a very long time.
Six books were published by Barger, one of which being his autobiography Hell’s Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club, in which he blamed the Rolling Stones directly for the disastrous Altamont event. The Stones regretted hiring the Angels as security because the motorcyclists assaulted audience members with billiard sticks, punched and knocked down Marty Balin, and attacked an 18-year-old Stones fan named Meredith Hunter with a handgun while claiming to be acting in self-defense. Hunter was fatally stabbed by one of the Angels, who was afterward acquitted after claiming self-defense.
In his book, Barger blamed the Stones for the incident’s not-so-subtle evolution into one of the key moments in the history of rock music. Barger said in his book that he used a pistol to force Richards into starting the concert. The acts of violence and performances were documented in the now-classic 1970 film Gimme Shelter, which was made by Albert and David Maysles.
Over the years, Barger also had run-ins with the law. He was cleared of murdering a drug dealer in 1972 but was found guilty of drug and weapons offenses in 1973 and 1988. He was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for each conviction.
As early as the middle of the 1960s, when he had key parts in non-fiction works by Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson (Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs), he turned his notoriety into renown (The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test).
Thompson characterized Barger as “clever” and “crafty” in an interview with the Washington Post in 2000, adding: “He has a kind of wild animal cunning.”
In addition to creating the Hells Angels, Barger was a savvy businessman who made sure the organization held the intellectual property rights to its club logos and designs and assisted in the promotion of merchandise with Hells Angels themes.
Additionally, Barger participated in a lot of films on motorcyclists. He started playing Lenny “The Pimp” Janowitz, a recurrent character on FX’s motorcycle drama Sons of Anarchy, in 2010. He apparently worked with show creator Kurt Sutter as a type of unofficial motorcycle culture adviser.
Fan’s tributes to Sonny Barger
Chris Thejunglist said,
I just want to say that Sonny did more than our politicians ever did for our communities. I for one will never forget that. I used to polish those chrome tailpipes when I was a kid to earn a few bux for candy, school supplies, etc… kept me from going down a dark path. I know I wasn’t the only kid on the block who you changed for the better.
That said, Rest in paradise Sonny. May your family be reminded of your compassion, your kindness, and taking youths under your wing to better this decaying world. I’ll never forget the club helping old ladies carry groceries, jump-starting people’s cars, and the occasional cleaning of the streets to get rid of the riff-raff. Thanks for the great memories!
Dino DeLuke said,
The Longest True American Leader(R.I.P.) Ralph Sonny Barger, Give Guyzilla and Cisco And Lurch, Damo, Big Joe Evans, OB Dave, Bobby Perez, Johnny Spade. Chico, A Great Crew To Welcome You, My Love And Respect, They Lived By Your Honor And Respect, You Will Be Truly Missed, A True American Icon.
Donna Falterman said,
True Legend! Sonny will always be remembered ALL across the globe. So grateful for the memories in Arizona, the movies & children’s books. Rest easy in Paradise.
Dia Edinger Nickelsen said,
You will forever now have the sun in your face, the wind at your back. Ride free with the angels, Sonny. Thank you for showing the world what true family is – that it isn’t always blood – that it is often the ones we choose, and those bonds are deeper than ever. Many prayers to your family.
Rob Lee said,
Rip brother!!! Fly high as u were one of the originals of this club! The most respect to and ur family! This club will forever grieve for ur loss! Thank u for all the devotion and all u sacrificed for 81! My heart aches!! A legend built that built the rules and honor we live bye!!! I will always honor ur legacy and live by it!!!!!!
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