Published June 25, 2009
Redmond O'Neal, the son of Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal, was not at his mother's bedside in her final days. The 24-year old remained behind bars in California as his mother succumbed to cancer Thursday.
According to a source, Fawcett's family was expected to ask for Redmond to be released from jail when they thought the 62-year-old actress was near death, but the LAPD earlier this week said no such request had been made and Redmond O'Neal had yet to receive a temporary discharge.
“As of right now, there has been no request to release Redmond so he remains in jail,” a representative from the Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday morning following the news of Fawcett’s death. “He was only released one time a while ago to appear in his mother's documentary.”
“If they get a request, then it is possible that he may be released because it has happened,” added the representative. “Loved ones are released during time of a loved one's passing, i.e. mother or father, only if court approves.”
"All things considered, he is doing all right," the LAPD representative said Thursday. “He was notified by a chaplain, and he is still being counseled by the chaplain."
Redmond O'Neal has been jailed since April 5, when he was allegedly caught with heroin at a jail facility north of Los Angeles. It is believed that the last opportunity he had to see his mother was for three hours in April following a request from his attorney. A source close to Redmond said he will “most likely” be released to attend the funeral.