Actor Ryan O'Neal diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer, report says

"Love Story" star Ryan O’Neal has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the actor told People magazine. 

O’Neal, 70, who has successfully overcome leukemia in the late 1990s, released a statement through his rep last Friday, explaining that the cancer is currently in stage 4.

“Although I was shocked and stunned by the news, I feel fortunate that it was detected early and according to my extraordinary team of doctors the prognosis is positive for a full recovery,” the statement said.

The diagnosis comes about three years after O’Neal lost his longtime love Farrah Fawcett, who died of cancer at age 62, People reported.  He penned a memoir about his life with Fawcett slated to be released on May 1.

“I am deeply grateful for the support of my friends and family during this time, and I urge everyone to get regular check-ups, as early detection is the best defense against this horrible disease that has afflicted so many,” O’Neal said.