LOS ANGELES -- Funeral services for "Charlie's Angels" star Farrah Fawcett were held Tuesday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown L.A, which were closed to media and the public..
Ryan O'Neal, 68, was among pallbearers who accompanied the casket, covered in yellow and orange flowers
Fawcett's friend Alana Stewart and "Charlie's Angels" co-star Kate Jackson were among early arrivals before the hearse pulled up, accompanied by 10 motorcycle officers.
The funeral program indicated that Fawcett's and O'Neal's 24-year-old son, Redmond, was to do the service's first reading. The program also indicated that eulogies were to be given by Stewart and Dr. Lawrence Piro, Fawcett's cancer specialist.
Redmond O'Neal has been jailed in a drug case but received a judge's permission to attend the funeral.
Accompanied by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, Redmond wore a suit and was somber, according to sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore. Redmond was not seen outside the cathedral.
His brother, Griffin ONeal, Ryans son with actress Joanna Moore, did appear on the steps outside the church.
However, he told reporters that he was not allowed to attend the service.
About 500 people attended the service, which lasted more than an hour. Fans and the news media watched from across the street.
A bagpiper was the first to emerge from the cathedral after the service, followed by several priests and the pallbearers carrying Fawcett's casket.
Fawcett's father was helped into a limousine as dozens of other mourners waited to board several white shuttle buses.
After the funeral, mourners said they overheard O'Neal as he tapped on the hearse's back door and said, "So long, babe."
Fawcett died Thursday at age 62 after a public battle with cancer. O'Neal and Stewart were at her side.
"After a long and brave battle with cancer, our beloved Farrah
has passed away," O'Neal said in a statement last week. "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."
Diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2006, Fawcett's battle with the
disease was documented in "Farrah's Story," which aired last
month on NBC.
Stewart, a producer of the documentary, said Fawcett was "much
more than a friend; she was my sister."
"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 in a statement.
Fawcett and O'Neal, 68, have a son, 24-year-old Redmond, who has
been jailed since April 5 on drug charges.
Last week, a judge granted his request to attend Fawcett's
funeral. The order by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jane Godfrey
allows Redmond O'Neal to be released for three hours and wear
street clothes to attend the funeral.
Farrah Fawcett Remembered in Downtown L.A.
Farrah Fawcett (Getty Images)
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