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Hells Angels founding member Sonny Barger has died

Hells Angels founding member Sonny Barger has died aged 83 from liver cancer. The biker, writer, self-styled outlaw and “Sons of Anarchy” actor passed away surrounded by his fourth wife, Zorana, and other loved ones.
In a Facebook post, published after his death, Barger said: “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.

He went on in the post: “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.
He created the Oakland Hells Angels in California, the biker club’s most significant ‘charter’, and is credited with building it into a globally recognised gang.

Barger defended the group despite it facing accusations from several authorities of being a criminal organisation.

One of its biggest controversies involved a Rolling Stones fan being fatally stabbed by a member at the band’s free Altamont Concert in 1969. Barger’s former lawyer Fritz Clapp confirmed on Thursday Barger had died at home with stage four liver cancer.

He said: “He’d lived a long life, and he’d been ill for some time. Everybody around him had pretty much been prepared emotionally for it.”

Barger’s run-ins with the law included being acquitted along with three others in 1972 of murdering a Texas drug dealer and setting a home alight.

His rap sheet also included arrests for drunk driving, assaults with deadly weapons, kidnapping, drug-dealing and racketeering, and he was jailed on drugs charges and for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Source: IOL

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