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Hells Angels founder Sonny Barger dies at 83

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The founder of the Hells Angels Sonny Barger has died at 83 after a battle with cancer, according to a social media statement and his former attorney.

A statement on Barger’s Facebook page notes his death.

His former attorney, Fritz Clapp, told NBC News in a phone call Thursday he died peacefully at his home Wednesday night following a bout with liver cancer.

The statement on his Facebook page said he’s lived a long and adventurous life and is survived by his wife, Zorana.

Image: Sonny Barger, right, and an unidentified member from the New York chapter stand in front of a group of Hell's Angels members on motorcycles.
Sonny Barger, right, President of the Hells Angels and an unidentified member from the New York chapter stand in front of a group of Hells Angels members on motorcycles. Bettmann Archive / Getty Images file

“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 said. “I’ve lived a long and good life filled with adventure. And I’ve had the privilege to be part of an amazing club. Although I’ve had a public persona for decades, i’ve mostly enjoyed special time with my club brothers, my family, and close friends. Please know that I passed peacefully after a brief battle with cancer. But also know that in the end, I was surrounded by what really matters: My wife, Zorana, as well as my loved ones. Keep your head up high, stay loyal, remain free, and always value honor.”

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