Farrah Fawcett Passes Away after Her Long Battle with Cancer

by Stephanie Stanton

NBC News

Actress Farrah Fawcett has lost her long battle with Cancer.

The actress died Thursday at a Los Angeles hospital.

She was 62 years old.

Fawcett started out charming the world with her blonde sex appeal and ended by winning hearts with her endurance, courage and fight during her three-year struggle with cancer.

In the months leading up to her death the Hollywood icon documented her struggle on video.

Her longtime companion Ryan O'Neal was by her side until the end.

Fawcett was first diagnosed with cancer in late 2006 and after seeking treatment in the U.S. and Germany appeared to be on the road to recovery,

but in 2008 she suffered a devastating recurrence.

Farrah Fawcett got her first big break in the 1970s hit TV show "Charlie's Angels", playing detective Jill Monroe, but it was the infamous sexy red swimsuit poster with her trademark feathered hair that catapulted her into super stardom.

Fawcett's fame grew after her starring role as an abused wife in the 1984 TV movie "The Burning Bed."

Her final days were filled with pain an anguish as cameras documented her every move.

"Every day I try to remind myself to ask myself: 'Did I try my best today?'  That's all I ask of myself, and I wouldn't be truthful if I said 'Yes'.  I succeeded every single day, but the will, the spirit, the desire to live I will never compromise," she said shortly before her death.

The girl who first won the hearts of Americans as the sexy star of "Charlie's Angels" will be remembered as an angel of courage.