Jane Fonda reacts to the death of her brother, Peter Fonda

Peter Fonda died Friday after suffering respiratory failure from lung cancer at the age of 79. 

The younger brother of Jane Fonda, best known for his roles in "Easy Rider” and “Dirty Mary Crazy Larry," gained popularity in the late 1960s and early '70s,

SEE ALSO: 'Easy Rider' Peter Fonda dead at 79: 'Please raise a glass to freedom'

Jane broke her silence about her brother's tragic death, saying, “I am very sad. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing.”

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 19: Actors Peter Fonda, Kristen Schaal, Lewis MacDougall and Vera Farmiga attend the premiere of Sony Pictures Classics' 'Boundries' at American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on June 19, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 19: Actor Peter Fonda and Margaret DeVogelaere attend the premiere of Sony Pictures Classics' 'Boundries' at American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on June 19, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 19: Peter Fonda attends the Premiere Of Sony Pictures Classics' 'Boundaries' at American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on June 19, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 02: Peter Fonda attends the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala - Arrivals at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor Peter Fonda speaks on stage during AFI Fest's Los Angeles premiere of The Ballad Of Lefty Brown on November 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for A24)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 02: Salma Hayek and Peter Fonda attend the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20: (L-R) Parky Fonda, Peter Fonda, and Todd White attend the Los Angeles book launch party for Barry Avrich's 'Moguls, Monsters And Madmen' on October 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Melbar Entertainment Group)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 09: Parky Fonda (L) and actor Peter Fonda attend American Film Institute's 44th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams at Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: Actor Peter Fonda and Margaret DeVogelaere attends the premiere of Disney's 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Boardman/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 09: Actor Peter Fonda attends Audi Arrivals at the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute honoring John Williams at Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Audi of America)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 15: (L-R) Actor Peter Fonda, IMDb founder and CEO Col Needham, actress Mira Sorvino and comedian Tommy Davidson attend IMDb's 25th Anniversary Party co-hosted by Amazon Studios presented by VISINE at Sunset Tower Hotel on October 15, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for IMDb)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actor Peter Fonda and actress Mira Sorvino attend IMDb's 25th Anniversary Party co-hosted by Amazon Studios presented by VISINE at Sunset Tower Hotel on October 15, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for IMDb)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 09: Peter Fonda and Jack Horner arrives at the 'Jurassic World' - World Premiere at Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actor Peter Fonda (L) and Parky Fonda attend IMDb's 25th Anniversary Party co-hosted by Amazon Studios presented by VISINE at Sunset Tower Hotel on October 15, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for IMDb)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 09: Parky Fonda (L) and actor Peter Fonda attend the Venice Family Clinic's Silver Circle Gala at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on March 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Venice Family Clinic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Actor Peter Fonda arrives at the 8th Annual Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party at HYDE Sunset: Kitchen + Cocktails on February 20, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/Getty Images)
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The Fonda family also issued an exclusive statement to People Magazine.  “It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away," the statement read. "He passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 16 at 11:05am at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family. The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer. In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy.”

“And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life,” the statement concluded. “In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.”

Kate Hudson, Kathy Griffin, Larry King and Nancy Sinatra were among the A-list celebrities who paid tribute to the late actor's death. Check out their reactions below.

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@KATEHUDSON
Peter Fonda was a grand man, a terrific actor, and a great friend. Deepest condolences to the Fonda family.
1) RIP Legend. May I tell you guys a little about my friend @PeterFonda? https://t.co/vwfMS4aLH6
4). I admit I could never get beyond the part where this #EasyRider Legend was just talkin comedy. He was very gen… https://t.co/80hliM7CiB
6) This film is a must see. Find it somewhere this weekend you will not be sorry. I honestly think if he was still… https://t.co/pxalDnDuVf
Peter Fonda was a lovely person- a beautiful spirit. Peace at last Peter
💙 @iamfonda https://t.co/IEYz5f0YAz https://t.co/vs9KtE7rof
ICON #PeterFonda https://t.co/bEK1YAxS81
My heart goes out to Jane over the loss of her brother. Peter Fonda was a revolutionary filmmaker during a revoluti… https://t.co/MlmdUYXh3d
Wow... lost one of the good ones today. To one of the most important and iconic show business and activist families… https://t.co/rfSRWl2mW9
Rest In Peace, Kind Sir. #PeterFonda https://t.co/9H9XtA80ny
💔Rest Easy Peter Fonda🙏🏽 https://t.co/beWqKDsIVp
Peter Fonda, ride easy, lovely man. RIP. https://t.co/gUDHiW8DRK
Peter Fonda- actor, director, dearest man. Gentle, generous, wise soul. Seek Easy Rider, yes- but also seek The Hir… https://t.co/a9LBNGszJJ
RIP #PeterFonda. A legend not only on screen but for helping create the independent film industry. There will never… https://t.co/uYkABqnR3L
RIP Peter Fonda, counter culture legend, groundbreaking actor and all round real life hero. His sampled voice in Pr… https://t.co/35FQdyIMvq
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