Actress Farrah Fawcett Dies

June 25, 2009

Actress Farrah Fawcett, of Charlie's Angels Fame, Has Died of Anal CancerGolden-maned actress Farrah Fawcett, seen here in a 1979 publicity photo, died at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California this morning. She had been hospitalized for the last two weeks and was in the intensive care unit, suffering from anal cancer first diagnosed in 2006. Longtime lover Ryan O’Neal told People magazine: “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. She 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…She was with her [medical] team when she passed…Her eyes were open, but she didn’t say anything. But you could see in her eyes that she recognized us.”

A devout Catholic, the “Charlie’s Angels” star received last rites from a Catholic priest yesterday. Family and close friends including O’Neal, Mela Murphy (Fawcett’s hairdresser and friend of 18 years), and actress Alana Stewart, ex-wife of Rod Stewart and Fawcett’s friend for 30 years, gathered at her bedside on Wednesday evening. Stewart produced “Farrah’s Story,” a widely viewed documentary which aired in May on NBC and which chronicled Fawcett’s battle with cancer. Stewart was quoted in TMZ as saying: “She will always be there as that angel on the shoulder of everyone who loved her.”

Actor Ryan O'Neal at the Premiere of Farrah's Story in Beverly Hills, California on May 13, 2009Although actor O’Neal, 68, had hoped to marry her, Fawcett, 62, died before the marriage could take place. Ironically, an interview with O’Neal done by Barbara Walters was scheduled to air tonight on 20/20. “I’ve asked her to marry me again, and she’s agreed,” he told Walters. “Farrah is fighting for her life. But we will wed as soon as she can say yes. Maybe we can just nod her head. . .I promise you, we will. Absolutely.” Fawcett and O’Neal began dating in 1979 and have one son, 24-year-old Redmond O’Neal, who was not present when the star died, as he’s incarcerated following several drug offenses. In addition to being remembered for her role as private detective Jill Munroe on Charlie’s Angels, Fawcett was an iconic sex symbol in the 1970s, with a poster of her in a swimsuit, flashing a brilliant smile, selling millions of copies. She drove teen-aged boys wild and sent women flocking to hairdressers in an attempt to duplicate her famous tresses. She also notably appeared in a 1984 made-for-TV movie, The Burning Bed, about spouse abuse, which earned her an Emmy nomination. Her funeral service will be held at a Catholic cathedral in the Los Angeles area in the next few days.

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