Easy Rider star Karen Black dies at 74
LOS ANGELES, California (AFP) - American actress Karen Black, who shot to fame in the 1969 counter-culture classic Easy Rider, died on Thursday in Los Angeles, her husband said. She was 74.
Black, who starred alongside Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper in the film, died after battling cancer.
"It is with great sadness that I have to report that my wife and best friend, Karen Black has just passed away, only a few minutes ago," Black's husband Stephen Eckelberry wrote on his Facebook page. "Thank you all for all your prayers and love, they meant so much to her as they did to me."
Born in Illinois in 1939, Black went on to star in around 100 movies, including several with some of the biggest names in Hollywood history.