Ryan O'Neal was highly visible yesterday at the funeral of Farrah Fawcett, dressed in a sharp black suit and sunglasses as he welcomed guests who entered the private service. The wake took place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, a Catholic church in Los Angeles, according to Us Magazine.
Reports suggest that O'Neal, 68, was overcome with grief. He and Farrah had agreed to marry just days before her death after her four-year battle with cancer, but they never got to exchange vows. Farrah and Ryan's son Redmond O'Neal, 24, was granted leave from jail on drug charges to attend, and he and Dad carried the casket into the church, along with Farrah's doctor Lawrence Piro and three other men. Redmond gave the first reading, and Ryan followed with the second. Farrah's best friend Alana Stewart and Dr. Piro gave the eulogies. Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal: Epic Love Story
A photo of a smiling Farrah wearing a gold sequined dress greeted guests.
In the near-week since Farrah's passing, Ryan's role at her funeral was subject to public speculation as the two shared a longtime but tumultuous romance over the last several decades. Another of Farrah's old flames, ex-husband Lee Majors, was in attendance. Farrah and Lee had not spoken for years until last February, when he called her to wish her well in light of her illness.
O'Neal issued a public statement last week immediately after Farrah's death, which read the following:
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.