Charlie's Angels star Farrah Fawcett who was reported to be in a critical condition on Sunday after suffering a setback in her fight against cancer has spoken out to reassure her fans.
Through friend Craig Nevius she has told them she is not "at death's door" after being admitted to a Los Angeles hospital unconscious.
The 62-year-old actress was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and had recently made a trip to Europe to undergo experimental stem-cell treatment. Her pal added: "Farrah has hope, and she hopes that others will continue to hold onto theirs."
After shooting to fame in the TV series Charlie's Angels, Farrah became an icon in the Seventies and Eighties, and in 1976 a swimsuit poster of her sold a record 12 million copies while her tousled hairstyle was emulated by millions of young women around the globe.
Pal Craig, who is producing a documentary about the actress' battle with cancer, said it was highly unusual for her to respond to press reports but she was "allowing this statement out of appreciation for her fans, who have offered their constant support throughout her fight".
"She's doing fantastic. Her fight goes on. She's not going anywhere anytime soon," he added.
The TV star's doctor has confirmed the treatment she received in Germany "caused a small amount of bleeding in one of the muscles of her abdomen, making a hematoma, which was quite painful". However, "That pain, which was coming from the hematoma, had nothing directly to do with the cancer", he emphasised.
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