HOLLYWOOD -- Hollywood is mourning the death of a television icon, actress Farrah Fawcett, who lost a long and very public battle with cancer Thursday morning.
"After a long and brave battle with cancer, our beloved Farrah has passed away. Although this is an extremely difficult time for her family and friends, we take comfort in the beautiful times that we shared with Farrah over the years and the knowledge that her life brought joy to so many people around the world." - Ryan O'Neal, longtime companion.
Fawcett's "Charlie's Angels" co-stars paid tribute to Farrah, releasing the following statements:
Jaclyn Smith, who was one of the three original "Angels" said:"Farrah had courage. She had strength and she had faith. And now she has peace as she rests with the real angels."
Kate Jackson said:I will miss Farrah everyday. She was a selfless person who loved her family and friends with all her heart, and what a big heart it was. Farrah showed immense courage and grace throughout her illness and was an inspiration to those around her. When I think of Farrah I will remember her kindness, her cutting dry wit and of course her beautiful smile. Today when you think of Farrah remember her smiling because that is exactly how she wanted to be remembered...smiling.
Cheryl Ladd who played Farrah's little sister on the hit television series said:"I'm terribly sad about Farrah's passing. She was incredibly brave, and God will be welcoming her with open arms,"
John Forsythe's, who played "Charlie' on the show released this statement:"Though I did not know her well, Farrah left an indelible mark on me and the public during her one year reign on "Charlie's Angels." She put up a gallant fight against her unforgiving disease and I send my deepest sympathy and prayers to her family and friends."
Her former husband Lee Majors said: "She was an angel on earth and now an angel forever."
Fawcett's best friend, Alana Stewart, who helped produce "Farrah's Story," said she had "no words to express the deep sense of loss that I feel.""For 30 years, Farrah was much more than a friend, she was my sister, and although I will miss her terribly, I know in my heart that she will always be there as that angel on the shoulder of everyone who loved her," Stewart said.
Stewart was by Farrah's side this morning when she passed away.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times