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Ryan O'Neal bids farewell to his brave angel Farrah Fawcett

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Heartbroken Ryan acts as a pallbearer at the funeral of the actress, who died last week following a long battle with cancer
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Guests were given this order of service beaing an image of the vivacious Seventies pin-up and including a few lines of the James Joyce poem At That Hour
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Actress Alana Stewart was also at the Los Angeles cathedral to pay her respects to the woman she regarded as a sister
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01 JULY 2009

The gentle gesture spoke of a million tender memories. Bidding farewell to his love of 30 years Farrah Fawcett, who passed away last week, Ryan O'Neal tapped the hearse carrying her to her final resting place and softly whispered: "So long, babe".

Earlier the actor had led the Charlie's Angels actress' loved ones, including their son 24-year-old Redmond, in a Catholic celebration of her life at the aptly named Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in LA.

Redmond, who was allowed out of prison where he's being held on drugs charges, read a lesson as did his 68-year-old father.

Guests were given an order of service bearing an image of Farrah in her prime – giving that famous megawatt smile, her glorious mane hanging loose around her shoulders.

In the end, of course, as she battled cancer the star lost her lustrous locks, but what she never lost was her courage. And it was in this spirit that her friends remembered her at a star-studded service five days after the 62-year-old's death.

Alana Stewart, who was by her bedside at the end, said: "She was much more than a friend; she was my sister".

"Although I will miss her terribly, I know in my heart that she will always be there as that angel on the shoulder of everyone who loved her."

Kate Jackson, her Charlie's Angel co-star, recalled her first ever meeting with this "gorgeous, magnificent, glorious girl".

"(Farrah) was just extraordinary and bright and as sharp as they come and beautiful and her courage… I don’t even know what to say about that," she added. "She was never a follower; she was always a leader. Her choices were her choices."

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