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Tatum O'Neal mourns death of father Ryan: 'I'll miss him forever'

Tatum O'Neal is mourning the death of her father, actor Ryan O'Neal, Friday at the age of 82. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI
Tatum O'Neal is mourning the death of her father, actor Ryan O'Neal, Friday at the age of 82. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI

Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actress Tatum O'Neal is mourning the death of her father, actor Ryan O'Neal, at the age of 82.

"I feel great sorrow with my father's passing," O'Neal, 60, wrote in an exclusive statement to People.com on Friday.

"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."

The father-daughter duo co-starred in the 1973 film, Paper Moon.

The elder O'Neal was best known for his roles in Bones, Love Story, What's Up Doc, Irreconcilable Differences, Peyton Place, My Three Sons, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and Leave It to Beaver.

Ryan O'Neal and his daughter, actress Tatum O'Neal, attend the 8th annual TV Land Awards at Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif., in 2010. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Ryan O'Neal and his daughter, actress Tatum O'Neal, attend the 8th annual TV Land Awards at Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif., in 2010. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

In 1991, he starred with his longtime girlfriend Farrah Fawcett on the sitcom, Good Sports.

The cause of Ryan O'Neal's death has not been disclosed, but he battled various health issues for decades, including leukemia and prostate cancer, according to Deadline.

Tatum O'Neal poses for pictures at the premiere of "Motorcycle Diaries" at Loews 19th Street Theater in New York in 2004. File Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/UPI
Tatum O'Neal poses for pictures at the premiere of "Motorcycle Diaries" at Loews 19th Street Theater in New York in 2004. File Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/UPI