Hells Angels motor membership head Sonny Barger dies aged 83 | US Information

Sonny Barger, a Hells Angels frontman who was instrumental in bringing the outlaw motor club to international fame, died Wednesday of cancer. Barger is 83.

“If you’re reading this, you know I’m gone. I requested this note be posted shortly after my death”, a post on Barger’s official Facebook page speak. “I have lived a long and good life full of adventure. And I’ve had the honor of being part of a great club.

“Although I’ve had a public figure for decades, I have [sic] mostly enjoying a special time with my club brothers, my family and close friends. Please know that I have passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer,” Barger also said. “But also know that in the end, I am surrounded by what really matters: My wife, Zorana, as well as my loved ones. Hold your head up high, be loyal, free, and honor honor at all times.”

Fritz Clapp, Barger’s former attorney, said he died at home. Before that, Barger was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer, Clapp said.

“He’s been alive for a long time, and he’s been sick for a while,” Clapp said Thursday. “The people around him were mentally prepared for that.”

Barger founded the Oakland, California, Hells Angels club in 1957, nearly a decade after the club’s first chapter began in Fontana, California. Barger became the organization’s national president soon after, when the founder of the Fontana chapter, Otto Freddi, was jailed, according to New York Times.

When Barger was at the helm of the Hells Angels, he was involved in car races, taking drugs and racing a Harley-Davidson, Sweet Cocaine, along the great highways of California. His rap version including drunk driving arrests, deadly weapon attacks, kidnapping, drug dealing and fraud, and he spends time behind bars checking for crimes drug offenses.

In the decades that followed, the Hells Angels became known as a violent outlaw gang with outposts spanning the world. According to an earlier report in the Guardian, Barger’s tenure as Hell’s Angels ended when he went to prison.

But in an autobiography published about two decades ago, Barger speak The Hell Angels are not a collection of rude, antisocial cyclists. Instead, Barger claims, the Hell Angels are mostly self-centered, preferring old-fashioned motorcycles and partying hard.

Barger wrote that the Angels of Hell have evolved considerably since their birth. In the 1950s, they rode motorcycles and partyed together. During the 1960s, they gained notoriety as a symbol of countercultural rebellion, Barger said.

The next decade, the Hells Angels evolved into a gang organization, prompting widespread condemnation. In the 1980s and 1990s, Barger said, the Angels of Hell were punished for the crimes they committed and “and some of us didn’t.”

“His loyalty to the club hasn’t changed in half a century,” Clapp also said.

Barger also appeared as an actor, including in the Sons of Anarchy film series and Angels from Hell. The latter describes “a former vandalist motorcycle gang leader [returning] returned from Vietnam to continue his life. His desire to form a powerful gang scares the police,” according to imdb.com.

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