Peter Fonda‘s family and friends are mourning the 79-year-old actor’s death.
His family confirmed to PEOPLE on Friday that the two-time Oscar nominee died after suffering respiratory failure due to lung cancer. “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,” the Fonda family said. “In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.”
Following the news of his death, stars and directors, including Peter’s sister Jane Fonda, shared a flood of tributes to the late actor.
In a statement to PEOPLE on Friday, Jane, 81, called Peter “my sweet-hearted baby brother, the talker of the family.”
“I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days,” she added. “He went out laughing.”
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.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) August 16, 2019
“My heart goes out to Jane over the loss of her brother,” Reiner tweeted on Friday. “Peter Fonda was a revolutionary filmmaker during a revolutionary time. Born in the house I now live in, his spirit will be missed.”
“Rest In Peace, Kind Sir,” director DuVernay added, alongside a selfie with Peter.
Hudson shared a photo of Peter to her Instagram Story, writing, “Sending love to the Fondas and friends.”
“RIP #PeterFonda,” actor Cary Elwes tweeted. “A legend not only on screen but for helping create the independent film industry. There will never be another like him. Our condolences to [Peter’s daughter] Bridget and his family.”
Peter Fonda was one of the oddest people I’ve ever met, and honestly, I think he’d be thrilled to know I remembered him that way. What a life.— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) August 16, 2019
Wow... lost one of the good ones today.— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) August 16, 2019
To one of the most important and iconic show business and activist families in Hollywood history... my condolences.#PeterFonda#EasyRider pic.twitter.com/DvKoMeiC2G
“Peter Fonda was one of the oddest people I’ve ever met, and honestly, I think he’d be thrilled to know I remembered him that way,” actress Mara Wilson wrote. “What a life.”
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt shared a black-and-white photo of Peter alongside a simple caption: “ICON.”
“Lost one of the good ones today,” Billy Baldwin tweeted next to a drawing of Peter. “To one of the most important and iconic show business and activist families in Hollywood history… my condolences.”
“Peter Fonda was a friend and underrated actor,” director John Carpenter wrote. “Bright, funny, warm, Peter was a movie star with a twinkle in his eyes. He was Crazy Larry and Pipeline and I will miss him.”
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 ☮️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/ADInCZXvSb— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) August 16, 2019
Peter Fonda was a friend and underrated actor. Bright, funny, warm, Peter was a movie star with a twinkle in his eyes. He was Crazy Larry and Pipeline and I will miss him.— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) August 16, 2019
Kathy Griffin shared her memories with Peter on Twitter.
“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 wrote.
“I loved it when he would call me ‘man,’ ” Griffin said. “I did! Every time I had the chance to run into him, he was the same guy. Not an ever-changing chamaeleon [sic] like so many Hollywood folks. Unbelievably giving and kind and comfortable.”
Griffin ended her Twitter thread by urging her followers to see Peter’s 1997 film Ulee’s Gold, calling it “a must see.”
4). I admit I could never get beyond the part where this #EasyRider Legend was just talkin comedy. He was very generous when I would ask him questions about what it was like to make that film and we talked about Dennis Hopper whom he spoke of extremely fondly. This freakin guy! pic.twitter.com/l6GxhlfECg— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 16, 2019
6) This film is a must see. Find it somewhere this weekend you will not be sorry. I honestly think if he was still with us, I’d see him somewhere, talk about politics, film, gossip a little bit, I would try to make him laugh, and he would probably end with “Stay cool, man”. pic.twitter.com/hYoofMxSOM— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 16, 2019
“Peter Fonda was a lovely person- a beautiful spirit. Peace at last Peter,” actress Mia Farrow wrote.
Larry King called the late actor “a grand man, a terrific actor, and a great friend” in a tweet, adding, “Deepest condolences to the Fonda family.”
Peter Fonda was a lovely person- a beautiful spirit. Peace at last Peter— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 17, 2019
Peter Fonda was a grand man, a terrific actor, and a great friend. Deepest condolences to the Fonda family.— Larry King (@kingsthings) August 17, 2019
Peter — who was born in New York City to screen legend Henry Fonda and Frances Ford Seymour — was best known for his starring role as Wyatt in 1969’s Easy Rider, which he also produced and co-scripted.
At the time of his death, he was in pre-production for a movie called Skate God, expected to release in 2020, according to IMDb. The last film he acted in was The Last Full Measure, which is expected to be released later this year.