America

Peter Fonda Comes Across A Dead Body

One of the odder stories to get attention late Wednesday was TMZ.com's report that it had been told by "sources" that actor Peter Fonda discovered a dead body in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon.

Peter Fonda, who played "Captain America" in the 1969 counterculture film "Easy Rider", poses atop a Harley-Davidson motorcycle based on the one he rode in the film, Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, in Glendale, Calif. i i

Peter Fonda, who played "Captain America" in the 1969 counterculture film Easy Rider, poses atop a Harley-Davidson motorcycle based on the one he rode in the film, Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, in Glendale, Calif. Chris Pizzello/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Chris Pizzello/AP
Peter Fonda, who played "Captain America" in the 1969 counterculture film "Easy Rider", poses atop a Harley-Davidson motorcycle based on the one he rode in the film, Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, in Glendale, Calif.

Peter Fonda, who played "Captain America" in the 1969 counterculture film Easy Rider, poses atop a Harley-Davidson motorcycle based on the one he rode in the film, Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, in Glendale, Calif.

Chris Pizzello/AP

The Associated Press now writes that Los Angeles police confirm the story. Sgt. Carlton Cook at the West Los Angeles Community Police Station tells the AP that Fonda called police after seeing a car parked on the side of Sunset Boulevard, a man's body inside.

According to TMZ, authorities believe the man may have committed suicide and that his body might have been there for a couple days.

Fonda, the son of Henry and brother of Jane, is probably best known for his role as "Captain America" (or "Wyatt") in the 1969 movie Easy Rider. He turns 71 next month.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.