Ryan O'Neal Talks About Farrah's Final Days
Posted on Tue May 12, 2009 08:45 AM PDT

FawcettFinalDays200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Farrah Fawcett seemed to be winning the battle against cancer for the first two years of her fight against the disease.

"She was very athletic and healthy and hungry and beautiful," Ryan O'Neal told Meredith Vieira on NBC's "Today." He says, "Everything was just as you remember about her."

But then her condition suddenly started to deteriorate. The realization happened during family walk near their home in Malibu.

"We used to take that wlak all the time to the rocks and back. And halfway there she stopped and said, 'Can we go back?' And Red and I looked at each other and we knew that..." O'Neal trails off.

O'Neal also talked about the last visit the couple's 24-year-old son Redmond had with his mother - a visit that was made possible by a special release from jail where the younger O'Neal is serving time for drug charges.

O'Neal says his son was brought to the house in shackles and handcuffs, "like he was John Dillinger."

"When you go into her," O'Neal told his son, "don't rattle your chains." O'Neal tells Vieira that Fawcett didn't know her son was in custody and that, "she just held him."

NBC will be airing a two-hour documentary this Friday titled "Farrah's Story," a video diary about her fight against cancer.

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