The biker outlaw Sonny Barger has died aged 83, it was announced on Thursday, June 30. He is survived by his fourth wife Zorana.
A letter written by Barger was shared on his Facebook page to confirm his passing, in which he said he lived a “long and good life.”
Here is everything you need to know about Barger and the impact he had on American culture.
Barger, whose real name is Ralph Hubert Barger Jr., founded the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club’s original chapter in Oakland, California, in 1957.
The Hells Angels have been labeled as an “outlaw motorcycle gang” by the Department of Justice and Barger was the public face of the group.
The gang infamously provided security for The Rolling Stones at their 1969 concert in Altamont, California, where a member of the Hells Angels stabbed 18-year-old concertgoer Meredith Hunter to death, which was caught on camera in the documentary Gimme Shelter.
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