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Actor Ryan O’Neal has been diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer.
The actor, 70, was previously diagnosed with leukemia in 2001. He was reportedly in remission when his long-time partner, actress Farrah Fawcett, began her own cancer treatments in 2006. She died of anal cancer in 2009 at age 62.
"Although I was shocked and stunned by the news, I feel fortunate that it was detected early and, according to my extraordinary team of doctors, the prognosis is positive for a full recovery," O'Neal said. "I am deeply grateful for the support of my friends and family during this time, and I urge everyone to get regular check-ups, as early detection is the best defense against this horrible disease that has afflicted so many."
The actor has also written a memoir, which is due in bookstores on May 1. The book discusses his life with Fawcett.
O’Neal’s movies include Love Story (1970), Barry Lyndon (1975) and Paper Moon (1973), which co-starred his daughter Tatum, who won an Academy Award for her performance.
Both O’Neals also starred in the reality show Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals, which premiered on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.
However, the show has brought in low ratings, which diminishes its chances for a second season. The actor responded to Winfrey’s claims that she was not ready to launch her own network.
"I wish we had known that...she should have told us,” he said. “I don't know if Oprah saw it."