FARRAH FAWCETT'S LAST DAYS
Grieving actor Ryan O'Neal has recalled the last days of the love of his life, Charlie's Angels star Farrah Fawcett.
The 68-year-old Love Story star spoke for the first time after her death from anal cancer last month, aged 62.
He told NBC television interviewer Meredith Viera how Fawcett battled to the end and died at St John's Hospital in Santa Monica with a smile on her face.
“Doctors though that she would live just another couple of hours, and she lived a couple of days,” he said.
“So I had a bed put in the room for me. And I just lay by her side. She wouldn't move on. She wouldn't pass.”
But in the end, he said: “She just looked at us with a slight smile, and then all the machines flatlined. She was gone.”
Fawcett and O'Neal lived together for 17 years and have a son, Redmond, 24. They remained friends and O'Neal has told how he fell in love with her all over again watching her three-year battle with cancer.
He had hoped to marry her but she did not have the strength after accepting his proposal.
Redmond is currently in jail for felony drug possession, in a year-old drug programme, and did not say goodbye in person.
He was allowed out twice the visit her, the last time on May 15, and to attend her funeral at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.
O'Neal described his last phone conversation with his mother, saying: “I think it was about regret. And the horror of not being able to see her again, and the promise of a good life – one she would be proud of,
“He has a wonderful plan in mind to restore order in his life. And he will, with my help.”
He said that in Fawcett's final moments: “I said I'd see her soon, and I see her every day. I write to her in my journal.
“Redmond says it's harder to grieve but I told him to be patient. And when he got out, we'd grieve together.”
He said he is touched by the support from Fawcett's fans, and is spending most of his time answering their messages.
“I'm using what she taught me to survive, to go on,” he went on. “I have launched into this massive job of answering the mail that has come in for her over the last few weeks.
“Hundreds and hundreds of letters of pain and sorrow and hope. I'm answering every one of them. That's my life now.”