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.
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.
Sonny Barger Siblings: Does Sonny Barger Have A Sister or Brother?
Barger has an older sister Shirley Rogers, she is his only sibling. The two were raised by their grandmother and alcoholic father, as their mother abandoned the family when Barger was four months old.
Barger passed away on June 29, 2022, at the age of 83 after a battle with liver cancer.