Sonny Barger dead and obituary, Hells Angels figurehead – cause of death

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Sonny Barger, the leather-clad figurehead of the infamous Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, has passed away. He is 83 years old. Bagh’s death was announced on his Facebook page late Wednesday. “If you are reading this message, you will know I am gone. I have requested that this note be released immediately after my death,” one post read. “I’ve lived a long, wonderful life full of adventure. And I’ve had the privilege of being part of a great club.”


“After a brief battle with cancer, I passed away peacefully,” the post read. Barger had liver cancer and died Wednesday night in California, former attorney Fritz Clapp told The Associated Press. Died at his home in Livermore, State. Barger wrote the article on a Facebook page run by Barger’s wife, Zorana, he said.

Ralph “Sonny” Barger was a founding member of the 1957 Hells Angels in Oakland, California, and attended their most infamous moment – the 1969 Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway, where, was hired A cyclist working for security stabbed to death a concert audience member who pointed a gun at one of their members. Hell’s Angels are often portrayed by the media as the dark fringes of a 1960s counterculture that embraced freedom, drugs and rock music, but also crime and violence.

But Barger, an unofficial spokesman for the Hells Angels, played down their reputation as outlaws. “They say we’re organized crime, but if you kill every Hell’s Angel on Earth, you’re not going to reduce the crime rate in the world by one percent,” he said in a 2000 interview that Heads Magazine. “We’re just a drop in the ocean. There are more cops than Hell’s Angels.”

Barger’s own arrest file contains charges ranging from drunk driving to attempted murder. According to media reports, he served 13 years in various prisons.

He claims that one of his most satisfying experiences was his 1980 acquittal on racketeering charges and entering a jury trial for conspiracy to violate the Racketeering Act.

But in 1988, a jury found Barger guilty of conspiracy to kill rival gang members in violation of federal gun and explosives laws. He was sentenced to six years at the Phoenix Federal Correctional Institution and released in 1992.

Bagg benefits from his notoriety. He has written three books on his life and philosophy, including the best-selling autobiography Hell’s Angels. “Nothing says your position better than a slap in the face,” reads the title of a chapter in one of his books. He also wrote two novels. Sonny Barger Productions runs a website and sells clothing.

Barger dropped out of high school at 16, grew up in Oakland, and enlisted in the military in 1955 with a fake birth certificate. After the counterfeit was discovered, he was fired, honorably. He formed Hell’s Angels with friends and soon learned that there were other Hell’s Angels clubs in California. Bagg helped unite the club.

He starred in Hunter Thompson’s 1966 apocalypse Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. “He’s smart, he’s smart, and he’s got some kind of wildlife trick. He’s clearly the most capable man,” Thompson wrote.

Regarding the Altamont murders, Barger believes the Hells Angels acted in self-defense. The accused club member was acquitted. The stabbing was captured by the crew of the documentary “Give Me Shelter”. Barger underwent a laryngectomy for throat cancer in the early 1980s, which he attributes to a long-standing habit of three packs of cigarettes a day. He then breathed through a plastic valve in his throat, covering his mouth to speak.

“Live your life the Sonny Barger way? I don’t recommend it,” he wrote in his 2005 book, “Freedom: Creeds on the Road.”

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