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Hells Angels founder Sonny Barger dies at 83
by Luke Gentile - June 30, 2022
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Hells Angels founder Sonny Barger died Wednesday at 83 after battling cancer, according to a statement posted to his Facebook page early Thursday. "If you are reading this message, you’ll know that I'm gone. I've asked that this note be posted immediately after my passing," the statement read.

"Please know that I passed peacefully after a brief battle with cancer."

Barger, born Ralph Hubert Barger, died in California with his family at his side. The biker and author is known for his role in the organization and the rise of the Oakland Hells Angels.

The Hells Angels celebrated 65 years in April.

"I've lived a long and good life filled with adventure. And I’ve had the privilege to be part of an amazing club," Barger said in his statement. "Although I've had a public persona for decades, [I've] mostly enjoyed special time with my club brothers, my family, and close friends."

Barger lived a life full of action. He was inspired after seeing Marlon Brando in 1953's The Wild One and was acquitted of murder in 1972. However, he did spend 4 1/2 years in prison for possession of narcotics and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. After he was released in 1977, he continued to lead his motorcycle gang, beating RICO charges in 1980.

Barger dealt with further battles with the law and returned to prison. He was released from federal prison in 1992 after serving 3 1/2 years for conspiracy.

Barger wrote six books, including his autobiography, Hell's Angel. He ended his statement with a simple message for his fans and followers.

"Keep your head up high, stay loyal, remain free, and always value honor."

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He rode a sporty.....I have heard
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^^ there's several pictures of that in the '60's sportster scene thread.Sonny lived a hard life and i must say lasted a long time.longer than i would have expected.83 yrs.i hope i make it that long?
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He had already been a legend for a couple of decades when I was a young buck biker in the late 70s. We loved all the biker movies, especially the HA movies, the best being Hells Angels 69 followed closely by Hells Angels Forever.

I spent many years in South Florida in the same county where the 1974 Rock pit murders lit the fuse to the war between the Red & White and the Black & White. South Florida was and is Black & White country. Biker culture has always been very thick in the Sunshine state.

It's just too bad some of the major clubs don't get along. Maybe someday.

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