It’s been nearly a decade since Farrah Fawcett died after a battle with anal cancer. One month before the anniversary, ABC is set to air This Is Farrah Fawcett, a two-hour documentary featuring rare videos, exclusive interviews, and new details about the Charlie’s Angels star’s life — and death.
“It was volatile. It was spontaneous,” the actress herself says in old footage of her relationship with the Bones actor. “It was everything that made a relationship not boring. It was magical!”
In an interview for the documentary, Nancy Collins agreed with the assessment: “You saw them together, they looked hot as a fritter! You could feel the steam coming off of them!”
Though the two never married during their on-off relationship of nearly three decades, O’Neal stayed by blonde sex symbol’s side after her anal cancer diagnosis in 2006, and throughout her battle against the disease.
“I panicked,” O’Neal, now 78, says in the documentary of learning that his love had cancer. “I just knew one thing: That Farrah Fawcett was hard to kill.”
The teaser also featured audio of Fawcett speaking about her diagnosis. “I know that everyone will die eventually, but I want to stay alive,” she says in the video. “I say to God, ‘It is seriously time for a miracle.’”
But there wasn’t one. The beloved actress died on June 25, 2009, at age 62 after a two and a half year battle against anal cancer.
This Is Farrah Fawcett airs May 23 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.