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Actress Farrah Fawcett dies at 62

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (WCSC) - Farrah Fawcett has lost the battle against cancer that was detailed in her recent television documentary.

The actress best known for her role on "Charlie's Angels" died today at age 62.

A spokesman says her longtime companion Ryan O'Neal was at her side, along with close friend Alana Stewart.

Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006. Her struggle with painful treatments and dispiriting setbacks was recorded in the NBC documentary "Farrah's Story."

O'Neal says her family and friends take comfort in the knowledge that "her life brought joy to so many people around the world."

Fawcett rocketed to fame in 1976 as one-third of the crime-fighting trio in TV's "Charlie's Angels," a role she left after one year.

Her flowing blond hair, pearly white smile and shapely body helped sell millions of posters -- as well as T-shirts, lunch boxes, shampoo and wigs.

Fawcett had less success in films than she did on the small screen.

She was nominated for an Emmy for her role as an abused wife in a 1984 television movie, "The Burning Bed."

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