Farrah Fawcett loses cancer battle - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/25/09

Farrah Fawcett loses cancer battle

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Farrah Fawcett died Thursday in a Santa Monica, California hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer.

She shot to fame in the 1970's as one of the stars of the hit TV series Charlie's Angels.

She started out charming the world with her blonde sex appeal and ended by charming the world with her endurance, courage and fight. After three years, Fawcett lost her battle with cancer. 

In the months leading up to her death, the Hollywood icon documented her struggle on video. Her longtime companion Ryan O'Neal was by her side until the end.

Fawcett was first diagnosed with cancer in late 2006, and after seeking treatment in the U.S. and Germany, appeared to be on the road to recovery. But in 2008, the star suffered a devastating recurrence.

The Corpus Christi, Texas native got her first big break in the 1970's hit tv show Charlie's Angels, playing detective Jill Monroe.

But it was this sexy red swimsuit poster with her trademark feathered hair that catapulted her into super stardom. Fawcett's fame grew after her starring role as an abused wife in the 1984 TV movie "The Burning Bed."

Her final days were filled with pain an anguish as cameras documented her every move.

The girl who first won the hearts of americans as the sexy star of Charlie's Angels will be remembered as an angel of courage.

Fawcett was 62-years-old.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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