Charlie's Angels star Farrah Fawcett has lost her battle with cancer, and died in a hospital in Los Angeles, surrounded by her family and friends.
The 62-year-old actress was battling cancer for two years, and had been just set to marry her long-time lover, actor Ryan O'Neal. The couple had been waiting months for Farrah's condition to improve, before having a bedside wedding ceremony.
As a devout Catholic, Farrah was read the last rites this morning.
68-year-old O'Neal was by her side throughout her final days, and was seein leaving the hospital in tears. When asked how he was, O'Neal quietly replied: "No, I'm not ok." The Daily Mail reports:
In a statement O'Neal said: 'After a long and brave battle with cancer, our beloved Farrah has passed away.
this is an extremely difficult time for her family and friends, we take
comfort in the beautiful times that we shared with Farrah over the
years and the knowledge that her life brought joy to so many people
around the world.'
Later, he told U.S. magazine People: 'She's gone. She now belongs to the ages.
'She's now with her mother and sister and her God. I loved her with all my heart. I will miss her so very, very much.
was in and out of consciousness. I talked to her all through the night.
I told her how very much I loved her. She's in a better place now.'
added: 'She was with her team when she passed... Her eyes were open,
but she didn't say anything. But you could see in her eyes that she
O'Neal said they planned to honour Fawcett with a
funeral service at the Catholic cathedral in Los Angeles within the
next few days.
Farrah had originally been diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2006, and had "cured" from it. However, a year later the cancer had returned, and spread to her liver. Farrah's treatment and hopeful recovery was documented, with O'Neal by her side at all times.
The actress found fame in 1976, when she became one of the three Charlie's Angles, a show about three crime-fighting women.
A poster of her posing in a sexy red swimsuit, and a bright smile sold millions of copies all over. She had even become a fashion icon with her hair style being one of the most discussed in Hollywood.
The star began dating O'Neal in 1982, after she her marriage to Lee Majors failed. She and O'Neal had a son - Redmond - before splitting in 1997. However, after O'Neal was diagnosed with leukaemia, they rekindled their relationship. Throughout Farrah's battle with cancer, the couple have been said to be inseparable.
"I just don't know how to play this one. I won't know this world without her," O'Neal said recently. "It's a love story. He added: "I can't head a song, I can't pass places that we were together, without being stabbed in the heart."
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