Born on October 8, 1938, in Modesto, California, United States, Ralph Hubert Barger, better known as Sonny Barger, was an American outlaw biker, author, and actor
He was a founding member of the Oakland, California chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in 1957. He authored five books and appeared on television and in film.
Sonny Barger Death: How Did Sonny Barger Die?
In 1983, Barger was diagnosed with throat cancer after years of heavy smoking. His diagnosis and treatment took place at Fort Miley VA Hospital in San Francisco.
Having stage III laryngeal cancer, a total laryngectomy with bilateral functional neck dissections was performed by Michael Tralla MD, FACS. Consequently, due to his vocal cords being removed, he learned to vocalize using the muscles in his esophagus.
Barger underwent surgery as a result of prostate cancer in 2012. His prostate was removed and he was subsequently declared free of cancer.
Barger passed away on June 29, 2022, at the age of 83 after a battle with liver cancer. He died peacefully in his home. His death was announced in a Facebook post reading:
“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.
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.
“Please know that I passed peacefully after a brief 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 high, stay loyal, remain free, and always value honor.”