Jane Fonda leads celebrity tributes to late brother Peter Fonda

Jane Fonda has led the slew of Hollywood stars paying tribute to her little brother, acting legend Peter Fonda.

The Easy Rider actor died aged 79 in Los Angeles on Friday following a battle with lung cancer.

His family said in a statement: ‘In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts.

‘While we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life. In honour of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.’

And after the tragic news broke, Jane Fonda, 81, commemorated her ‘sweet-hearted baby brother’ and said he ‘went out laughing’.

‘I am very sad. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother,’ the actress said.

‘The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing.’

She was joined by other stars like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nancy Sinatra, Kathy Griffin and Rob Reiner in remembering the two-time Oscar nominee.

(500) Days Of Summer star Joseph shared a black and white snap of Peter on Twitter and wrote: ‘ICON.’

Comedian Kathy Griffin posted a thread to Twitter, recalling her first meeting with Fonda and calling him an ‘actor’s actor’.

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‘I think the first time he approached me was 10 or 15 years ago and I was blown away because he went out of his way to come up to me, very casual not acting like a Hollywood phony at all and would tell me to “keep at it” and “keep doing my thing, man,”‘ she penned.

‘I loved it when he would call me “man”. I did! Every time I had the chance to run into him, he was the same guy. Not an ever-changing chamaeleon like so many Hollywood folks. Unbelievably giving and kind and comfortable.’

Filmmaker Rob Reiner, who directed films like Stand By Me and When Harry Met Sally said Fonda’s ‘spirit will be missed’.

He tweeted: ‘My heart goes out to Jane over the loss of her brother. Peter Fonda was a revolutionary filmmaker during a revolutionary time. Born in the house I now live in, his spirit will be missed.’

Nancy Sinatra shared a snap of herself with Peter from their 1966 drama The Wild Angels and wrote: ‘Godspeed, Heavenly Blues. You will carry my heart with you wherever you may ride.’

British actor Cary Elwes, best known for starring  in Netflix’s Stranger Things, praised Fonda’s work in independent film.

‘RIP #PeterFonda. A legend not only on screen but for helping create the independent film industry. There will never be another like him. Our condolences to Bridget and his family,’ he said.

Rocky star Carl Weathers tweeted: ‘Years ago. I had time, in front of cameras, with the legendary Peter Fonda. He was a gentleman, through and through. RIP, Legend!’

Ava DuVernay, the creator of Netflix drama When They See Us, shared a selfie of her with the actor and said: ‘Rest In Peace, Kind Sir.’

Peter was nominated for two Oscars throughout his career and won Golden Globes for best actor in Ulee’s Gold and best-supporting actor for The Passion of Ayn Rand.

In 1968, he produced, co-wrote and starred in Easy Rider, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for best original screenplay, while Jack Nicholson was nominated for best-supporting actor.

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