Iconic Charlie's Angels star, Farrah Fawcett, dies of cancer aged 62
Charlie’s Angels actress, Farrah Fawcett, has died from cancer at the age of 62.
The gorgeously glamorous star, who rocketed to iconic status during the Seventies, had battled with the disease for two years.
Fawcett passed away on Thursday morning at the Santa Monica-based St John’s Health Center, surrounded by family and friends, including her long-term partner, Ryan O’Neal.
The 62-year-old’s last wish was to marry O’Neal, with whom she has a son, Redmond, 24, however the wedding never went ahead as Fawcett’s medical care was too intensive.
By Fawcett’s side throughout her battle, O’Neal was seen leaving the Los Angeles hospital in tears yesterday morning.
Sixty-eight-year-old O’Neal, who maintained a tempestuous relationship with the TV actress, released a statement following her death, saying: ‘After a long and brave battle with cancer, our beloved Farrah has passed away.
‘Although 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.’
Speaking to People magazine, O’Neal added: ‘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.’
Instantly recognisable, thanks to her trademark Seventies-style flick-out blonde tresses, which sparked a global style trend as one of the most-talked-about looks in Hollywood, Fawcett and her Charlie’s Angels co-stars, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith became an overnight sensation when the cult show hit the airwaves, garnering a weekly following of 23million fans.
Blonde bombshell Fawcett married The Million Dollar Man actor Lee Majors in 1973, but the couple split six years later.
She began dating O’Neal from 1982, however the pair split in 1997, but rekindled their romance four years later when O’Neal was diagnosed with leukaemeia.