Sonny Barger, founder of Hells Angels, has died at 83.
The iconic biker’s death, reportedly caused by a”brief battle” with cancer, was announced in a statement on his official Facebook page Thursday morning.
“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.”
Ralph “Sonny” Barger was born in Modesto, Calif., on Oct. 8, 1938, according to an interview on his official website.
In 1957, Barger founded the Oakland, Calif., Angels chapter and became a legendary public face of the organization.
The Hells Angels, including Barger, faced numerous federal investigations on criminal enterprise and racketeering offenses throughout the years.
Barger was convicted in 1988 of conspiracy to kill rival club members and blow up their headquarters, The Associated Press reported at the time.
He served five years in federal prison for the charge, according to The Washington Post.
Barger was surrounded by loved ones when he died, including his wife, Zorana, according to the statement.
Aside from riding motorcycles, Barger enjoyed riding and taking care of horses as well, he said in interview.
“I’ve lived a long and good life filled with adventure. And I’ve had the privilege to be part of an amazing club.” “Keep your head up high, stay loyal, remain free, and always value honor.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: See Hells Angels leader Sonny Barger through the years