Biker outlaw and founder of Hells Angels, Sony Barger, dies at 83

Sonny Barger, the founding member of the Hells Angels motorcycling club, has died aged 83 after a battle with cancer.

Sony Barger, who was involved in drugs and protection rackets, died surrounded by his wife Zorana and other loved ones.

The Oakland, California, biker was the founding member of the Hells Angels motorcycling group in the 1950s

A post shared on his Facebook page after his death included a farewell message from the biker to his legions of fans after 65 years as a member of the club.

'I've lived a long and good life filled with adventure. And I've had the privilege to be part of an amazing club.' - said Sony Barger

Barger moved to Oakland, California, as a child and was suspended from school for slapping a teacher. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army at 16 after forging his birth certificate.

Barger was diagnosed with cancer in 1983 but continued to smoke three packs of Camel cigarettes a day and eventually had his vocal chords removed.


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