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Meet Farrah Fawcett & Ryan O'Neal's Son Redmond O'Neal Who Once Looked like a 'Zombie'

Monica Otayza
Jul 08, 2021
05:46 A.M.
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Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal's son Redmond O'Neal's looks have drastically changed through the years due to his struggle with addiction, which has also caused medical concerns for him.

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When Farrah Fawcett passed away in 2009, her son Redmond O'Neal, now 36, promised her that he would overcome his drug addiction for her. However, he's had a troubling past couple of years, including fluctuating body figures, a constant struggle with the use of drugs, and even a lawsuit.

In 2015, O'Neal was spotted out and about in Los Angeles looking extremely slim and gaunt. A month prior, a no-bail bench warrant was issued for his arrest after officers decided he had violated the conditions of his parole by carrying drugs and failing to attend his required doctor's appointments.

Farah Fawcett at the American Film Festival of Deauville on September 4 1984 in Paris, France. | Source: Getty Images

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REDMOND IN 2015

At the time, he had been seen with a female friend who had a small bag containing what appeared to look like white powder that she later found a more inconspicuous storage method for. Meanwhile, Redmond was smoking what closely resembled a joint.

His appearance in that parking lot drew a stark contrast to his appearance on a beach with his father back in 2013 where he appeared to be very overweight, sporting a beer belly. Redmond and his friend looked as if they were looking for an inconspicuous parking spot where they wouldn't be noticed in the parking lot.

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HIS STRUGGLES WITH ADDICTION

They later went outside and found a Coffee-Mate container, in which she put a bag with white powder before storing the canister inside her handbag. This was not the first time O'Neal violated the law, as he's had charges for drug and weapon possession in the past.

According to eye-witnesses that saw the duo, "they both looked like zombies; he was walking like an old man." It was a far cry from his promise to his "Charlie's Angels" star mom, who died of cancer in 2009 and whose last word was "Redmond."

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HIS RUN-INS WITH THE LAW

In fact, he was in jail for drug possession during her dying days but was allowed by the prison to go home and reunite with her during her final days on earth. While his legs were shackled during his visits, his hands were free.

Ultimately, it was revealed that her mother never knew that he was in jail, as his father decided to keep that from her. He wanted to spare her the unnecessary stress especially given her situation.

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HIS PHYSICAL ALTERCATIONS

In May 2018, he was arrested on suspicion of robbing a convenience store. He was charged with several offenses, including second-degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a smoking device, possession of an injection/ingestion device, and two counts of possessing a controlled substance.

O'Neal was also charged with attempted murder for punching and stabbing five men in California, with two of those five men seriously injured in the altercation. O'Neal allegedly struck a man on the right side of his skull, using a spike to punch him.

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THE REASON FOR HIS CHOICES

The man allegedly fell unconscious after feeling "excruciating pain" after being punched. O'Neal later claimed that the problems in his life don't stem from drugs, but rather from the unwanted attention he has received all his life as a result of his parents' fame.

Redmond is Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett's only son. The couple had a rocky relationship with issues of adultery and substance abuse. Unfortunately, their only son was exposed to these vices at such an early age.

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HIS EARLY LIFE

O'Neal and Fawcett were together from 1979 to 1997 and then again from 2001 until she died in 2009. Despite their relationship, the actress left a chunk of her estate to their son, which amounted to $4.5 million.

The 36-year-old once tried to follow in his parents' footsteps, although he ultimately turned away from the spotlight. In 1997, he was on Cartoon Network's "Johnny Bravo" as a voice actor and followed this up with a 1998 appearance on Disney's "The Brave Little Toasted Goes to Mars."

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THE O'NEAL FAMILY

Redmond has three half-siblings from his dad's side, Griffin, Patrick, and Tatum. While he had a close relationship with his sister Tatum, she admitted that his addiction problems got so bad that she is doubtful he will ever recover from it.

Meanwhile, it is unclear whether Redmond is in contact with his father Ryan, who recently reunited with his co-star Ali MacGraw for their movie "Love Story's" 50th anniversary. The father-and-son duo has not been spotted together in recent years, which may be caused by his constant struggle with substance abuse.

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