Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal in her hospital bed
Photo: The Farrah Fawcett Foundation
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In 2006, after they'd rekindled their romance, Farrah was diagnosed with anal cancer. Despite aggressive, holistic and alternative treatments, chemotherapy and surgery, the cancer eventually spread to Farrah's liver. She became weak, spent time in the hospital and even lost her hair. Ryan was by her side the entire time.

The prognosis seemed bleak, but Farrah continued to fight. She even documented her battle with cancer using a handheld video camera for the two-hour documentary Farrah's Story.

"Once, she said to me, 'Am I going to make it?' Ryan says. "And I said, 'You are.'"

Aside from that moment, he says they never talked about "the end" or what that might bring. "She was just resigned to any outcome. It was never discussed," he says. "We didn't talk about a will or where she should be buried."

On June 25, 2009, Farrah lost her courageous battle and passed away. Ryan was with her until the very end.

FROM: Love Story Reunion: Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal
Published on October 12, 2010

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