Hells Angels founder Sonny Barger has died at the age of 83 from complications from cancer.
The California biker died peacefully surrounded by his wife Zorana and relatives on June 29.
A statement on his Facebook page read: “If you’re reading this message you’ll know I’m gone. I have requested that this note be published immediately after my death.
“I have lived a long and good life full of adventures. And I’ve had the privilege of being part of a great club.”
He urged fans to “stay true, stay free, and always cherish honor.”
Barger was best known for founding the Oakland Hells Angels and is often credited with forging ties into an international organization, The Mercury News revealed.
The group celebrated its 65th anniversary in April.
Barger revealed in his autobiography that he was inspired by the 1953 crime thriller The Wild One, starring Marlon Brando.
In 1972, he and three others were acquitted of murdering a Texas drug dealer and setting fire to a house.
Barger was sentenced to ten years to life in 1973 after being convicted of possession of narcotics and a gun by a convicted felon.
He was paroled in November 1977 after serving four and a half years of his sentence, The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported.
After his release, Barger said he didn’t know if he would continue running the motorcycle gang.
In 1979, he was among 33 people charged with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
Signed into law by President Richard Nixon, it was specifically aimed at fighting organized crime in the United States.
Barger was acquitted in 1980 after a split verdict.
The biker was diagnosed with cancer years later and had his vocal cords removed.
FIGHT WITH THE LAW
In 1987, Barger was arrested on drug, gun, and explosives charges as FBI agents and state law enforcement agencies conducted a series of raids.
Law enforcement revealed that Barger was charged with transporting and receiving explosives designed to “kill, maim or threaten”.
Cops claimed he was suspected of involvement in the assassination of John Cleve Webb – the president of the Anchorage Hells Angels.
John Van de Kamp, then California Attorney General, said police seized more than 100 guns and $1 million in cash and drugs when more than two dozen raids were conducted.
Barger was convicted of conspiracy in October 1988 and sentenced to four years in prison.
He was released from FCI Phoenix in November 1992 after spending three and a half years behind bars.
Barger has written six books including his autobiography Hell’s Angel.
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