Legendary actress Farrah Fawcett passed away on June 25, 2009 after battling cancer. She was 62.
She died at 9:28 a.m. PST, and was surrounded by longtime love Ryan O’Neal, friend and hairdresser Mela Murphy and her doctor Lawrence Piro at St. John’s Heath Center in Santa Monica. The sad news comes just days after O’Neal announced to Barbara Walters that he had proposed to Fawcett. Unfortunately, the two never got the chance to wed.
“She’s gone. She now belongs to the ages,” O’Neal told People, also confirming that she received the last rites of the Catholic Church. “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. She was in and out of consciousness. I talked to her all through the night. I told her how very much I loved her. She’s in a better place now. She was with her team when she passed … Her eyes were open, but she didn’t say anything. But you could see in her eyes that she recognized us.”
Fawcett had recently returned to St. John’s for treatment of complications from anal cancer, which was diagnosed three years ago.
It was announced on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 by NBC that Ed McMahon had passed away at the age of 86 from cancer. He was also hospitalized for pneumonia back in January.
Perhaps best known as the host of the hit show Star Search that introduced Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera to America for the first time, McMahon was also the sidekick to Tonight Show host Johnny Carson from 1962 to 1992, welcoming his audience with “Heeeeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!”
Most recently, McMahon and his wife Pamela made news with their financial troubles that resulted in their Beverly Hills-area home nearly being foreclosed on.