Farrah Fawcett, the “Charlie’s Angels” star whose feathered blond hair and dazzling smile made her one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1970s, died Thursday after battling cancer. She was 62.
The pop icon, who in the 1980s set aside the fantasy girl image to tackle serious roles, died shortly before 9:30 a.m. in a Santa Monica hospital, spokesman Paul Bloch said.
Ryan O’Neal, the longtime companion who had reunited with Fawcett as she fought anal cancer, was at her side, along with close friend Alana Stewart, Bloch said.
“After a long and brave battle with cancer, our beloved Farrah has passed away,” O’Neal said. “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.”
Other “Charlie’s Angels” stars paid tribute to her.
“Farrah had courage, she had strength, and she had faith. And now she has peace as she rests with the real angels,” Jaclyn Smith said.
Said Cheryl Ladd: “She was incredibly brave, and God will be welcoming her with open arms.” She burst on the scene in 1976 as one-third of the crime-fighting trio in TV’s “Charlie’s Angels.” A poster of her in a clingy swimsuit sold in the millions. (Read entire article)
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CNN is reporting that Catholic actress and model Farrah Fawcett died this morning at the age of 62.
First diagnosed with cancer in 2006, several media previously reported that a priest had been called to Fawcett’s bedside at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., to administer the last rites.
A 1970s’ television actress and pin-up icon, in recent years Fawcett said that she derived strength from her faith. She attended a Catholic elementary school and attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, with her family. She had reportedly received visits from her local ordinary and some religious sisters during her convalescence.
Her cancer journey was documented in a television special, partly shot by Fawcett, titled “Farrah’s Story” that aired on NBC on May 15. Viewers can watch a clip from that documentary, including seeing Fawcett praying the Rosary, here.