Leader of Hells Angels Biker Club Has Died At the Age of 83

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For many, Sonny Barger was the face of the notorious motorcycle club Hells Angels. Barger, whose real name was not Sonny but Ralph Hubert Barger, was the founding member of the Oakland, California, chapter of the Hells Angels. He founded the chapter back in 1957 when he was just 19 years old. It was one of the very first chapters of the motorcycle club.

One year after founding the Oakland chapter, Barger was promoted to national president which made the Oakland chapter the mother chapter of the club.

On his Facebook page, a pre-written post by Barger was posted on June 29, 2022. The post announced that Barger had died of cancer. Barger wrote, “If you are reading this message, you’ll know that I’m gone. I’ve asked that this note be posted immediately after my passing.” He added, “Please know that I passed peacefully after a brief battle with cancer. But also know that in the end, I was surrounded by what really matters: My wife, Zorana, as well as my loved ones.” He was 83 years old.

Over 35,000 people have commented on Barger’s post since it was posted expressing their condolences and wishing Barger to “rest easy” and “ride in peace.”

Barger’s life has been featured in multiple books including his own autobiography, “Hell’s Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.” He has also appeared in multiple documentaries and in the TV series, “Sons of Anarchy.”

Barger’s life was at times violent. He was arrested multiple times for multiple charges including murder charges. More recently, he suffered from multiple types of cancer. In 1983 he had his vocal cords removed due to throat cancer. In 2012, he had his prostate removed due to prostate cancer.

Watch the video below to learn more about Barger’s life including a personal experience one reporter had with Sonny when she was just a baby.

Barger leaves behind his wife, Zorana. The couple had been married since 2005.

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