Hells Angels founder Sonny Barger dies after battle with cancer


Hells Angels founder Sonny Barger has died aged 83 after battling cancer.

The biker, from California, died peacefully surrounded by his wife Zorana and loved ones on June 29.

A statement on his Facebook page read: “If you read this message, you will know that I am gone. I requested that this note be posted immediately after my death.

“I have lived a long and beautiful life filled with adventures. And I had the privilege of being part of an incredible club.

He told fans to “stay true, stay free, and always value honor.”

Barger was best known for starting the Oakland Hells Angels and is often credited with building the gang 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 film The Wild One, which starred Marlon Brando.

In 1972, he and three others were acquitted of murdering a Texas drug dealer and burning down a house.

Sonny Barger and the Hell’s Angels holding their flag in a scene from the movie ‘Hell’s Angels ’69’.
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Barger was sentenced to ten years to life in 1973 after being convicted of possession of narcotics and a weapon 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 being released, Barger said he was unsure if he would continue to lead the motorcycle gang.

In 1979, he was among 33 people charged with violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Sonny Barger served more than four years in prison of a 10-year sentence for possession of narcotics and weapons in the 1970s.
Sonny Barger served more than four years in prison of a 10-year sentence for possession of narcotics and weapons in the 1970s.
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The legislation, signed by President Richard Nixon, was explicitly aimed at combating 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.

Barger was acquitted of the RICO charges in 1980.
Barger was acquitted of the RICO charges in 1980.
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BATTLES WITH THE LAW

In 1987, Barger was arrested on narcotics, weapons, and explosives charges as FBI agents and state law enforcement carried out a series of raids.

Law enforcement said Barger was charged with transporting and receiving explosives intended to “kill, maim or threaten.”

Cops claimed he was suspected of involvement in the murder of John Cleve Webb, the president of the Anchorage Hells Angels.

Barger was convicted of conspiracy in 1988. He served nearly four more years in prison.
Barger was convicted of conspiracy in 1988. He served nearly four more years in prison.
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John Van de Kamp, who was California’s attorney general at the time, said police seized more than 100 weapons and $1 million in cash and drugs as more than two dozen raids were carried out.

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 serving three and a half years behind bars.

Barger has written six books including his autobiography Hell’s Angel.

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