Farrah Fawcett has died of cancer aged 62.

The 'Charlie's Angels' actress passed away in a Santa Monica hospital today (25.06.09) with her family by her side.

The US star had fought a long and courageous battle against anal cancer but was rushed from her home to intensive care last night and read her last rites this morning.

Her fiance, Ryan O'Neal, and best friend, actress Alana Stewart were said to be with her during her final hours.

Long-term partner Ryan, 68, had been planning to wed Farrah as soon as possible.

In an interview earlier this week He said: "I've asked her to marry me, again, and she's agreed.

"Farrah is fighting for her life. But we will wed as soon as she can, say yes. Maybe we can just nod her head.

"I promise you, we will. Absolutely."

Farrah is also survived by 24-year-old Redmond, her son with Ryan. Redmond is currently in jail on a drug rehab programme and was not present at her bedside, according to reports.

She was also married to 'The Six Million Dollar Man' actor Lee Majors from 1973 to 1982.

Farrah was initially diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Although doctors believed it had been successfully treated, the illness returned in May 2007 and had recently spread to her liver.

Her battle with illness was chronicled in the television documentary 'Farrah's Story' earlier this year which received nearly nine million viewers.

In the documentary she said: "I know that everyone will die eventually, but I do not want to die of this disease. I want to stay alive."