"When Farrah got diagnosed, and it became public, Lee started calling Farrah's close friends to get updates on her," a source tells Us. "He did that for two and a half years. He just wanted to know how she was doing because he still cared about her as a friend."
The Charlie's Angels star wed the Six Million Dollar Man star in 1973, and although they were married for nine years, they were separated in 1979. When Fawcett was first diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006, Majors tried to contact her indirectly.
"He didn't feel like he could reach out to her himself — it had just been too long, but he still cared about her deeply," the source tells Us. "He would send funny messages to her through friends, and she would do the same, and it was very sweet."
"This past February, her birthday, he decided to call her for the first time. They spoke for the first time in 23 years," the source tells Us. "They had a 40-minute phone conversation about her life, and the cancer and it was such a lovely moment for the two of them. I guess it was a very good conversation. They joked, and they got a little bit emotional."
The source adds: "I think it was good given the current situation [for] closure, otherwise they never would've spoken again. I think he always wanted to talk to her again, but he was just afraid to speak to her before."
Although Fawcett never married again after her divorce from Majors, she had been dating longtime boyfriend Ryan O'Neal for nearly 30 years.
The source tells Us that although they had each moved on, their brief reunion meant a lot to both of them. "[Majors] has a wonderful wife now, of course," the source says, "but Farrah will always be very special to him."
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