Founder of the Oakland chapter of Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, Ralph Hubert Barger, known as Sonny Barger passes away at 83 after cancer battle. In a Facebook message, he said, “If you are reading this, you know I’ve passed away. This note should be posted immediately after my death”.
A Washington Post report indicates that Barger passed away in Livermore on June 29. Barger has been celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Oakland Hells Angels chapter since April at their headquarters on Foothill Boulevard.
The chapter, one of the club’s first, was founded by him when he was 19 years old. Oakland became the mother chapter after he was promoted from chapter president to national president a year later.
More About; Hells Angels Founder Sonny Barger Passes Away at 83 After Cancer Battle
- Barger was Sentenced To 10 Years To Life In Prison
- Battles With The Law
- The Hells Angels Were Defending Themselves
- Autobiography Of Hell’s Angel
Barger Was Sentenced To 10 Years To Life In Prison:
Barger was sentenced to 10 years to life in prison after being convicted of narcotics possession and gun possession by a convicted felon in 1973. A throat cancer diagnosis in the early 1980s led to Barger having his vocal chords removed.
His public advocacy for quitting smoking began immediately after his diagnosis. He used the message: “Don’t be a stooge, don’t smoke like the rest of us.”
He had been released from prison in November 1977, according to a report in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
One Hells Angels member fatally stabbed a concertgoer armed with a gun in 1969 when they were hired as security for a Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway. Sonny Barger passes away at 83 after cancer battle and the leather-clad face of the group, was there to witness one of the group’s most infamous moments.
Battles With The Law:
As part of a series of raids conducted by state and federal agents on Barger’s home, he was arrested in 1987. Charges related to narcotics, weapons, and explosives were filed against him.
He was arrested multiple times for transporting explosives, firearms, and narcotics with the FBI.
Barger received and transported explosives that were intended to kill, maim, or threaten law enforcement officers during the investigation. He was suspected of being involved in the murder of the Anchorage Hells Angels president.
The murder of John Cleve Webb was also suspected to be committed by Barger. The Hells Angels president of Anchorage was John Cleve Webb. The jury convicted him of conspiracy in 1988 and sentenced him to four years in prison. The three-and-a-half years he spent in prison ended in 1992 when he was released.
The Hells Angels Were Defending Themselves:
According to Barger, The Hells Angels were defending themselves when they killed at Altamont. An incident at the club resulted in an acquittal for a club member. Film crews filming the documentary Gimme Shelter were present for the stabbing.
His Harley-Davidson, Sweet Cocaine, was raced along California’s expansive freeways when he was the head of the Hells Angels. He got in scrapes, took drugs, and got into scrapes while helming the Hells Angels. There was an extensive list of arrests on his record, including drunk driving, assaults with deadly weapons, kidnappings, drug dealings, and racketeerings, and he served time behind bars for drug-related convictions.
A few weeks after Barger was released from prison, he expressed uncertainty as to whether he would lead the motorcycle gang again.
A total of 33 people, including himself, were indicted in 1979 in connection with the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
Autobiography Of Hell’s Angel:
Six books followed in his life, including his autobiography Hell’s Angel, up-to-date guide to motorcycling Let’s Ride, and his autobiography Dead in 5 Heartbeats. Zorana, who survived him, was his fourth wife when they married in 2005.
Since 1983, Barger has suffered from throat cancer after having his vocal cords removed. Also in 2012, he underwent a prostatectomy after developing Sonny Barger passes away at 83 after cancer battle.
Many authorities have accused Hells Angels of being a criminal organization, but barger has defended the group repeatedly, including when a fan of the group was fatally stabbed at the Altamont Free Concert in 1969, one of the group’s biggest controversies.
Media portrays the Hells Angels as dispersed groups that embrace freedom, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, violence, and crime in the 1960s.