Farrah Fawcett dead at 62: reports


LOS ANGELES — Actress Farrah Fawcett, best known for her role in television series “Charlie’s Angels,” has died, US media reports said Thursday. She was 62.

Fawcett died in hospital in Los Angeles surrounded by friends and family shortly before 9:30 a.m. (1630 GMT) following a three-year battle with anal cancer, reports said.

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Speculation that Fawcett’s death was close at hand had mounted earlier Thursday after veteran ABC television interviewer Barbara Walters said the actress had been given her last rites.

Walters made the disclosure in comments to the “Good Morning America” breakfast television show.

“I’m not sure if she’s going to make it through the day,” Walters said. “She’s had her last rites.”

Walters said close family and friends including long-time companion Ryan O’Neal were gathering at Fawcett’s hospital bedside in Los Angeles.

“This is all he wants to do is be with her,” Walters said of O’Neal.

Earlier this week it was revealed that O’Neal planned to marry Fawcett, who has been battling cancer for three years.

“I’ve asked her to marry me, again, and she’s agreed,” an emotional O’Neal told Walters.

O’Neal, 68, and Fawcett had been romantically involved off-and-on since 1982. The couple had a son together but never married.


 Source: Agence France-Presse
First Posted 01:17:00 06/26/2009