Iconic Hollywood star Ryan O'Neal who was both a matinee idol and an award-winning actor has died at the age of 82.
His son Patrick shared the sad news on social media on Friday afternoon. 'So this is the toughest thing I've ever had to say but here we go,' he began.
'My dad passed away peacefully today, with his loving team by his side supporting him and loving him as he would us.'
Later in the day, the late actor's daughter Tatum O'Neal shared a statement with People reacting to the news.
'I feel great sorrow with my father's passing,' she shared. 'He meant the world to me. I loved him very much and know he loved me too. I'll miss him forever and I feel very lucky that we ended on such good terms.'
O'Neal was last seen being aided into his vehicle from a wheelchair by a helper in Brentwood, California on November 6, 2023. Ryan was wheeled down the sidewalk and had two caretakers got him into the front seat of his car, lifting him from under his arm.
O'Neal was best known for his movies in the 1970s, which included Paper Moon, costarring his daughter Tatum. The acclaimed film, which was directed by Ryan's What's Up, Doc? collaborator Peter Bogdanovich, earned the young girl the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress when she was just 10, making the budding star — who had turned nine during the production — the youngest person to ever win a competitive Oscar.
He also worked with some of the top female stars of his day such as Barbra Streisand on What's Up, Doc? and The Main Event, and Marisa Berenson on Barry Lyndon.