O'Neal Remembers Farrah's Final Moments

Son promised her to be "good"
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2009 7:37 AM CDT
In this Nov. 11, 2008 file photo, actor Ryan O'Neal, front, and his son Redmond O'Neal appear for arraignment on methamphetamine possession charges, at the courthouse in Malibu, Calif.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, pool)
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(Newser) – In his first interview since Farrah Fawcett’s death, Ryan O’Neal remembers her final days and son Redmond’s promise to her “of a good life. Of a life she would have been proud of,” he tells Meredith Vieira this morning on Today. Watching Fawcett’s long struggle was “horrible,” he says. At the end, the doctor “thought she would live just another couple of hours—she lived a couple of days.”

“I had a bed put in the room for me,” he continues. “And I just lay by her side. And she wouldn’t move on. She wouldn’t pass. She just, she just looked at us with a slight smile. It was awful. And then, all of the sudden, the machines flat-lined. After about 16 hours she was gone.”