Hells Angels founding member Sonny Barger dies aged 83

Sonny Barger, the founder of the motorcycle club Hells Angels, has died aged 83 after a brief battle with cancer.

The biker, who was the face of the Harley Davidson-riding counterculture, died peacefully surrounded by his wife Zorona and loved ones.

His death was confirmed on his Facebook page, in an announcement pre-written by the biker before his passing where he spoke of his live “filled with adventure” and paid tribute to the “amazing club” that he founded.

“If you are reading this message, you’ll know that I’m gone. I’ve asked that this note be posted immediately after my passing,” read the Facebook post.

“I’ve lived a long and good life filled with adventure. And I’ve had the privilege to be part of an amazing club.

“Although I’ve had a public persona for decades, i’ve mostly enjoyed special time with my club brothers, my family, and close friends.”

The message continued: “Please know that I passed peacefully after a brief battle with cancer,” he wrote.

He went on to write six books, his autobiography Hell's Angel, Ridin' High Livin' Free, Dead In 5 Heartbeats, 6 Chambers 1 Bullet, Freedom and his guide to motorcycling Let's Ride.