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O'Neal: Fawcett 'Not at Death's Door'

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Apr 06, 2009 | 6:43am EDT

Ryan O'Neal has dismissed reports that his cancer-stricken partner Farrah Fawcett is fighting for her life following her admission to a Los Angeles hospital on Thursday.

The former Charlie's Angels star, 62, checked into an undisclosed hospital last week after suffering a setback in her ongoing battle with anal cancer.

Reports on Monday suggested that Fawcett, who was diagnosed with the illness in 2006, had slipped into unconsciousness as relatives gathered at her bedside.

But her longtime partner O'Neal has asked fans not to fear the worst as Fawcett continues her fight against the disease.

He tells the New York Post, "She's in for a procedure; she'll be out. This is not at death's door. Pray for her. That's all I can say."

Fawcett's close friends have also spoken out to assure devotees that the actress is well -- actress/model Alana Stewart, who visited the star in the hospital on Sunday, says, "Farrah's spirits are amazing. She has been amazing through this whole ordeal."

And her producer pal Craig Nevius reveals Fawcett is upset by the erroneous reports about her deteriorating health.

In a statement released to People.com, he says, "On Farrah Fawcett's behalf, I can confirm that she recently checked into a Los Angeles hospital.

"And although it is usually against her nature to correct false or exaggerated stories that originate in tabloid-style reports by offering true information that they would not otherwise have to publish, Farrah is allowing this statement out of appreciation for her fans, who have offered their constant support throughout her fight, as well as out of concern for the countless other cancer patients who have written her over the last two-and-a-half years in order to tell her that they are following her story in the hope that there is hope.

"Tonight, Farrah has hope, and she hopes that others will continue to hold onto theirs."

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