Farrah Fawcett Is Laid to Rest

Celebrity News Jun. 30, 2009 AT 8:52PM
fawcett and o'neal Ryan O'Neal attends Farrah Fawcett's funeral service held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on June 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA. Credit: Jason Merritt/FilmMagic.com; London Entertainment/Splash

A private funeral was held Tuesday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles for actress Farrah Fawcett, who died June 25 after a long battle with cancer.

Her longtime partner Ryan O'Neal and best friend Alana Stewart both wore black as they arrived at the Roman Catholic cathedral around 4 p.m. PST for the private service.

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Her former Charlie's Angels costars, Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd (who replaced Fawcett on the hit 70s show) also attended, as well as actor Ernie Hudson and Garry Shandling.

E! News reports model Cheryl Tiegs, novelist Jackie Collins, Dynasty star Joan Collins and Fawcett's ex Lee Majors, with whom she recently reconnected after more than two decades of silence, attended as well.

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Along with dad O'Neal, Fawcett's son Redmond, 24 - who was allowed to leave jail (where he is serving a sentence for drug-related charges) to attend the service - helped carry her casket, covered in yellow and orange flowers, inside the funeral home.

The program featured a photograph of Fawcett, in a sequined dress, smiling. Inside, the James Joyce poem "At That Hour" was featured: Play on, invisible harps, unto Love, Whose way in heaven is aglow At that hour when soft lights come and go, Soft sweet music in the air above And in the earth below.

According to the program, the service opened with an "Amazing Grace" procession. Redmond then gave the service's first reading, with O'Neal next reading the 23rd Psalm.

The Richard Marx-Linda Thompson song "To Where You Are" played before Alana Stewart and Fawcett's physician, Dr. Lawrence Piro, gave eulogies.

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Fawcett passed away at age 62 at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., last Thursday -- just hours before Michael Jackson. Fawcett was with O'Neal, Stewart and Piro at the time of her death.

"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," O'Neal told Us after Fawcett's death.

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