Fonda Dies, “Went Out Laughing”

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Peter Fonda dies at 79; sister Jane mourns ‘baby brother’ – “He went out laughing”

By Joelle Goldstein and Mia McNiece, Aug 16, 2019

PEOPLE – Peter Fonda died on Friday morning after suffering respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

Jane Fonda is mourning her brother’s death — and celebrating his spirit.

Shortly after PEOPLE confirmed that her little brother had died on Friday morning, the iconic actress, 81, spoke out about the tragedy and how she was coping with the loss.

Though Jane said that she was devastated by Peter’s passing, she also revealed that she had spent some alone time with him before his death and reassured everyone that her little brother “went out laughing.”

“I am very sad,” Jane said in a statement to PEOPLE. “He was my sweet-hearted baby brother, the talker of the family.”

“I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days,” she added. “He went out laughing.” Jane Fonda Reveals Her Cancer Surgery to Howard Stern

The Fonda family confirmed the sad news about Peter’s passing in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE on Friday and said that the two-time Oscar-nominated star died after suffering respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” the family said. “[Peter] passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 16 at 11:05 a.m. at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family …” Read more.