Beaten by cancer, at the age of 83, Sonny Barger, founding member of the Hells Angels. His life was full of illegalities, his name was involved in drug cases but also “protection“but he passed away feeling safe since his wife Zorana and other loved ones were by his side until the last moment.
Sonny Barger made sure to be subversive even after his death as after taking his last breath he made sure that a message was published on his personal Facebook account saying goodbye to the members of Hells Angels but also the whole world that “was following» in the 65 years that this club has existed.
The posted post read: “If you’re reading this message, you’ll know I’m gone. I requested that this note be posted immediately after my death. I lived a long and good life full of adventures. And I was privileged to be part of an amazing club. Although I have been a public figure for decades, I have most enjoyed my time with my club brothers, family and close friends.
I want you to know that I passed peacefully after a short 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.
Keep your head up, stay loyal, stay free and always appreciate the honor.”
The life of the founder of the Hells Angels
THE mechanic Sonny Barger, before he got on the motorcycle and as a young child he moved to Oakland, California. His rebellious and difficult character was evident from then on as he was expelled from the school he attended after he did not hesitate to slap a teacher. Afterwards and while it was just 16 years old he enlisted in the US Armyafter forging his birth certificate.
And because nothing stays hidden, his fraud was discovered in 1956 when he was kicked out but with an honorable discharge. Then, Sonny Barger found “refuge» in the world of so-called “one-centers”a term coined by the American Motorcycle Association to describe the small number of bikers who were branded as troublemakers.
In one of his autobiographies, Sonny Barger mentioned that the Hells Angels it was a small club in San Francisco which had collapsed when he and other bikers decided to take the name, starting the Oakland Hells Angels.
Buy one Harley Davidson and as leader of the Hells Angels from Oakland he helped establish chapters in the US and outside the country after becoming the organization’s US president. Barger was the most famous member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, which was founded in San Bernardino, California, on March 17, 1948. His actions helped the club become international and reach where it is today.
Critics but also fans
Barger’s fame quickly spread and naturally he had his admirers and followers but also many detractors who did not agree with the biker lifestyle. The fact that Barger was often in trouble with the law, going through the prison door several times, was… butter on the bread of his critics. Drugs and guns were among the charges that weighed him down from time to time.
In 1972, the founder of the Hells Angels and three others were acquitted of the murder of a drug dealer.
Mick Jagger’s assassination plot
The activities of the Hells Angels were many and in many cases anything but legal. One of the incidents remembered by the older ones, fans as well as critics, concerns the legendary band Rolling Stones. In this infamous incident, the cruel machinist forced the Rolling Stones to play at gunpointin 1969 at Altamont Speedway, near San Francisco, shortly after band members had threatened to walk out of a concert when an 18-year-old was stabbed to death by a club member.
FBI agent, in a documentary according to dailymail.co.uk had reported that years after the incident the Hells Angels planned to kill the frontman of the Stones, Mick Jagger.
Addicted to four things
In one of his books, the founder of Hells Angers had mentioned his four addictions. Who were they? «The machines, the booze, the girls and the good times” according to him.
When his Harley Davidson was stolen
Addicted to motorcycles and especially his Harley Davidson, Barger didn’t… react well when a member of a rival gang stole his car. After chasing him, he caught him, beat him and then he broke his fingers one by one with a hammer.
The adventure of his health
In the early 1980s, the founder of Hells Angers was diagnosed with cancer in the neck and it was deemed necessary to remove his vocal cords. The shock of their health adventure made him become an anti-smoker but for others and send a message through his book: “Do you want to be a rebel? Don’t smoke like the rest of the world”. As far as he is concerned, he has become anything but an anti-smoker, after he continued to smoke three packs of cigarettes a day.
However, the cancer did not leave him alone and today he managed to defeat it…
Source: News Beast