Sonny Barger dead at 83 as Biker King Hells Angels founder loses cancer battle

'Biker King' Sonny Barger has died from cancer, leaving his notorious Hells Angels legacy behind.

The biker club founder, from California, lost his fight to the devastating disease at the age of 83 on Wednesday (June 29).

It has been confirmed that Barger passed away peacefully while surrounded by his loved ones including his wife Zorana.

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An emotional statement on his Facebook page read: “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.

“I’ve lived a long and good life filled with adventure. And I’ve had the privilege to be part of an amazing club.”

He told his supporters to "stay loyal, remain free, and always value honour".

The founder was widely known for starting the Oakland Hells Angels and is regularly cited for building the gang into an international organisation.

Hells Angels celebrated its 65th anniversary in April, reports The Mercury News.

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In his autobiography, Barger credits the 1953 crime movie The Wild One, which featured Marlon Brando, as his inspiration.

In 1972, he was acquitted of murdering a Texas drug dealer and setting his home alight, with the help of three others.

The 'Biker King' was sentenced to ten years in jail the following year after he was found in possession of narcotics and a weapon from a convicted felon.

After four-and-a-half years behind bars, he was paroled in November 1997.

He said he was unaware that he would continue to lead the gang after he was released from prison.

But in 1979, Barger was among 33 people who were accused of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

The law, signed by President Richard Nixon, aimed to crackdown on organised crime in the United States.

It was reported that the biker was acquitted after a split verdict.

Years later, Barger was diagnosed with cancer and had to have his vocal cords removed.

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