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Farrah Fawcett's son, Redmond O'Neal, is told of her death in jail, will attend funeral [Updated]

June 25, 2009 | 11:37 am


Farrah Fawcett's son, Redmond O'Neal, learned of his mother's death while serving time in the L.A. County jail. Officials sent a chaplain and a grief counselor, accompanied by a sheriff's deputy, to break the news, according to L.A. County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.

"He's doing well, considering the circumstances," Whitmore said.

O'Neal will be allowed to attend his mother's funeral, he added. A similar court-approved visit was allowed when Fawcett fell ill in April.

O’Neal, 24, whose father is actor Ryan O’Neal, was arrested in April on charges of trying to smuggle drugs into a county jail, the latest in a string of drug-related arrests.

Redmond O'Neal's three-hour visit with his mother in April took place at Fawcett's home and was supervised by a sergeant and a deputy, costing $1,285, and was paid for by the family, Whitmore said.

[Updated at 1:30 p.m.: Redmond O'Neal was allowed to speak by phone to his father from jail about his mother's death.]

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department