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What is Sonny Barger Known For?

Hells Angels founder ‘Sonny Barger’ passed away at the age of 83. Apparently brought on by a “short battle” with cancer, the legendary biker passed away on Thursday morning, according to a message posted on his official Facebook page says “if you’re reading this message you’ll know that I’m gone”.



He was born on October 8, 1938, and passed away on June 29, 2022. Barger wrote five books and had movie and television appearances.

What is Sonny Barger Known For?
What is Sonny Barger Known For?

Ralph Hubert Barger as he was named at birth, was an American outlaw biker, novelist, and actor who was a founding member of the Oakland, California chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in 1957.




Nearly ten years after the club’s first chapter was established in Fontana, California, Barger launched the Hells Angels branch in Oakland, California.

Shortly after, Otto Freddi, the founder of the Fontana chapter, was imprisoned, and Barger was elected as the group’s national president, according to the New York Times.

Additionally, Barger made an acting debut in the movies Angels from Hell and the biker series Sons of Anarchy. The latter showed “a violent former motorcycle gang leader returning home from Vietnam to continue his life.



The cops were terrified of his goal to create a strong gang, according to imdb.com.

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