Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.
CNN is reporting that Catholic actress and model Farrah Fawcett died this morning at the age of 62.
Several media previously reported that a priest had been called to Fawcett’s bedside at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., to administer the last rites. Fawcett was first diagnosed with cancer in 2006.
A 1970s’ television actress and pin-up icon, in recent years Fawcett said that she derived strength from her faith. She attended a Catholic elementary school and attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Corpus Christi, Texas, with her family. She had reportedly received visits from her local ordinary and some religious sisters during her convalescence.
Her cancer journey was documented in a television special, partly shot by Fawcett, titled “Farrah’s Story” that aired on NBC on May 15. Viewers can watch a clip from that documentary, including seeing Fawcett praying the Rosary, here.
A private funeral is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon (4 p.m.) at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.