• Actor Ryan O'Neal passed away at 82
  • The actor died of heart failure
  • Here are the details we know

Hollywood is mourning the loss of one of its brightest stars, Ryan O'Neal, who has passed away at the age of 82. 'The Blast' recently revealed that the award-winning actor's death certificate listed 'congestive heart failure' as the cause, following a years-long struggle with 'cardiomyopathy.'

Ryan tried to hang on until the end

Ryan O'Neal, known for his captivating performances and dashing good looks, faced his toughest role yet in a private battle against a relentless heart condition. Cardiomyopathy, a disease that alters the heart's size, shape, and structure, often inherited, had been O'Neal's unseen adversary for years.

The Cleveland Clinic defines congestive heart failure as 'a long-term condition that happens when your heart can’t pump blood well enough to give your body a normal supply. Blood and fluids collect in your lungs and legs over time.

"Medications and other treatments help manage symptoms like swelling. Congestive heart failure is life-limiting for many," their site says. In any case, earlier this month, the sad news of the actor's passing was broken by one of O'Neal's children. 

His son Patrick shared the sad news on social media on the afternoon of December 8. "So this is the toughest thing I’ve ever had to say but here we go. My dad passed away peacefully today, with his loving team by his side supporting him and loving him as he would us."

The actor's final appearance showed him being assisted into his car, a stark contrast to the vibrant leading man we once knew. His son Patrick took to social media with a heartfelt message, announcing the sad news and honoring his father's peaceful passing surrounded by love.

O'Neal's career spanned over five decades, with iconic roles in films like 'Paper Moon' and 'Love Story.' His personal life, filled with high-profile romances and a storied relationship with 'Charlie's Angels' star Farrah Fawcett, was as captivating as his on-screen presence.

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Tributes Pour In from Tinseltown Celebrities like Barbra Streisand, Mia Farrow, and Sharon Stone have expressed their deep sorrow and shared touching tributes to the late actor. O'Neal's daughter, Tatum, also shared her profound grief, cherishing the good terms on which they ended.

Remembering a Legend O'Neal's legacy is not only in the memorable characters he brought to life but also in the family he leaves behind, including his four children and five grandchildren. The film industry has lost a true legend, and Ryan O'Neal's star will continue to shine in the memories of his fans and loved ones.