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HELLS Angels founder Sonny Barger has died at the age of 83 after battling cancer.
The motorcyclist, from California, passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife Zorana and his family on June 29.
Hells Angels founder Sonny Barger dies at 83
A statement on his Facebook page read: “If you are reading this message, you will know that I am gone. I have requested that this note be published immediately after my passing.
“I have lived a long and good life full of adventures. And I’ve had the privilege of being part of an incredible club.”
He told fans to “stay loyal, stay free, and always cherish honor.”
Barger was best known for launching the Oakland Hells Angels and is often credited with building the gang into an international organization, The Mercury News revealed.
The group marked 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 burning down a house.
Barger was sentenced to ten years to life behind bars in 1973 after a convicted felon convicted him of possession of narcotics and a weapon.
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 didn’t know if he would continue to lead the biker gang.
In 1979, he was among 33 people indicted on charges violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
The legislation, signed by President Richard Nixon, had the explicit goal of 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.
In 1987, Barger was arrested on narcotics, weapons and explosives-related charges as FBI agents and state law enforcement officers conducted a series of raids.
Police revealed that Barger was charged with transporting and receiving explosives designed to “kill, maim or threaten.”
Police claimed that he was suspected of involvement in the murder of John Cleve Webb, the president of the Anchorage Hells Angels.
John Van de Kamp, who was the California Attorney General at the time, said police seized more than 100 guns and $1 million in cash and drugs while conducting more than two dozen raids.
Barger was convicted of conspiracy in October 1988 and sentenced to four years in prison.