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Redmond O'Neal opens up about mum Farrah Fawcett's death

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Feb 02, 2014 | 3:34pm EST

Farrah Fawcett's son Redmond O'Neal has opened up about the devastating loss of his mother for the first time since her death, revealing they did not speak to each other in her final weeks. When the Charlie's Angels actress passed away after a long battle with cancer in 2009, her son was months into serving a prison sentence stemming from drug charges. Redmond, who was released from jail in 2012, has now spoken out about the death of his mother, confessing their lack of contact in her final weeks has devastated him. He tells U.S. entertainment news show Extra, "One minute she was alive and well, everything was good, and then bam! My dad was telling me she died... I was in jail at the time. I didn't even get to say 'bye to her. "For the last four months she was living, I didn't even get to talk to her. She was bedridden, incapable of getting on the phone... The good thing is she didn't know I was in jail. My dad kept that from her." Redmond also admits it was hard to deal with reading about his mother's death - on the same day Michael Jackson passed away - in newspaper reports while behind bars, adding, "It was in the paper, like front page. That was hard, too. I got all these inmates in the dorm, I was in reading this newspaper. She's on the front page, she and Michael Jackson... I remember, and I got mad 'cause Michael Jackson had a bigger page." O'Neal's famous dad has also spoken out about his pride that his son is fighting to stay clean: "I'm very proud of him. I know his mother was there for him and helped him jump some hurdles, and now I've got him and he's exactly what I wanted. There's a lot of his mother in him, so it's almost as if she's around."

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