- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Farrah Fawcett, who has struggled with cancer since 2006, has checked into a Los Angeles hospital, a producer who has worked with the actress said Monday.

Craig Nevius told People magazine that the 62-year-old “Charlie’s Angels” star was hospitalized because of a blood clot that was likely a side effect of treatment she recently had in Germany.

“Tonight, Farrah has hope, and she hopes that others will continue to hold onto theirs,” Nevius told the magazine.

Fawcett was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006. Doctors declared the cancer in remission in February 2007, but it returned a few months later.

Nevius, who said he was speaking on Fawcett’s behalf, issued the statement in response to reports, first appearing on Radaronline.com, that Fawcett had been hospitalized since Thursday.

Reached by The Associated Press on Saturday, Nevius declined comment and did not return messages left Sunday.

One of Fawcett’s doctors, Lawrence Piro, told People that Fawcett had abdominal bleeding and a hematoma while undergoing aggressive alternative cancer treatments in Germany.

He said that recent pictures of Fawcett in a wheelchair were misleading.

“She’s able to walk. And she remains in good spirits with her usual sense of humor,” Piro said.

Meanwhile, Redmond O’Neal, Fawcett’s son with Ryan O’Neal, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of bringing narcotics into a jail facility and was being held on $25,000 bail.

A deputy at a jail in Castaic, north of Los Angeles, was doing a security sweep of the jail’s parking lot when he stopped the 24-year-old, who admitted he was carrying drugs and was apparently at the jail giving a ride to a friend, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

A phone message left for his attorney wasn’t immediately returned.

O’Neal was arrested along with his father last year at the actor’s Malibu home on suspicion of having methamphetamine while on probation for a previous drug conviction. He has pleaded not guilty in that case.

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