Ryan O'Neal to wed cancer-stricken Farrah Fawcett

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Jun 22, 2009 at 2:11 PM EDT

Ryan O'Neal is set to marry cancer-stricken Farrah Fawcett and has revealed that his long-time love is "fighting for her life," ABC News reported Monday.

O'Neal, 68, told ABC television's Barbara Walters in an interview due to air later this week that "Charlie's Angels" star Fawcett, who has been battling anal cancer for three years, had agreed to marry him.

"I've asked her to marry me, again, and she's agreed," an emotional O'Neal told Walters in excerpts of the interview on ABC News website.

Asked to describe Fawcett's current health condition, O'Neal replied: "She's fighting for her life."

O'Neal and Fawcett, 62, have been romantically involved off-and-on since 1982. The couple have a son together but have never married.

"I used to ask her to marry me all the time," O'Neal said in the ABC interview. "But it just got to be a joke, you know. We just joked about it."

O'Neal has been a constant presence at Fawcett's side since news of her illness broke.

Last month the actor told People magazine Fawcett's cancer had spread to her liver and that her treatment had effectively ended.

"It's a love story. I just don't know how to play this one. I won't know this world without her," O'Neal said. "Cancer is an insidious enemy."




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