Sonny Barger, founder of Hells Angels, has died aged 83.
The iconic motorcyclist’s death, reportedly caused by a “short battle” with cancer, was announced in a statement on his official Facebook page Thursday morning.
“If you’re reading this message, you know I’m gone. I requested that this note be hung immediately after my death.”
Ralph “Sonny” Barger was born in Modesto, California, on October 8, 1938, according to an interview on its official website.
In 1957, Barger founded the Oakland, California, Angels branch and became a legendary face of the organization.
The Hells Angels, including Barger, have faced numerous federal criminal enterprise and racketeering investigations over the years.
Barger was convicted in 1988 of conspiracy to murder rival club members and blow up their headquarters. The Associated Press reported at the time†
He spent five years in federal prison on the charges. according to The Washington Post.
Barger was surrounded by loved ones when he died, including his wife, Zorana, according to the statement.
In addition to riding motorcycles, Barger also enjoyed riding and caring for horses, he said in an interview.
“I’ve had a long and good life full of adventure. And I’ve had the privilege of being part of a great club.” “Keep your head high, stay loyal, stay free and always appreciate honor.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: See Hells Angels leader Sonny Barger through the years