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Producer: Farrah Fawcett's 'doing fantastic'

Don't worry, at least not yet. A Hollywood producer who sold rights to Farrah Fawcett's documentary on her battle with cancer to NBC assured the world Monday that the '70s pop-culture icon is "doing fantastic."

In an interview with The Associated Press, the producer, Craig J. Nevius, said, "Let me tell you what she's not. As previously reported by everybody, she's not unconscious. She is not on death's door. The family has not gathered to say goodbye." He added that she is expected shortly to leave the Los Angeles-area hospital that she entered over the weekend.

Separately, the wire service also spoke to her doctor, Lawrence Piro, who said Fawcett had suffered from abdominal bleeding while undergoing alternative cancer treatments in Germany. "It turned out that the procedure caused a small amount of bleeding in one of the muscles of her abdomen, making a hematoma, which was quite painful."

Piro added that Fawcett's rectal cancer had spread to her liver.

"She remains in good spirits, with her usual sense of humor," he told AP. "She's been in great shape her whole life and has an incredible resolve and an incredible resilience."

And so ended - at least Monday - a blizzard of TV and online speculation in the wake of a report that Fawcett's condition had deteriorated so dramatically that she was unconscious when she entered the L.A. facility.

Nevius, who could not be reached for further comment, is the producer of a documentary on her battle, "A Wing and A Prayer," which NBC landed rights to last week. The network, he said at the time, has "respected both her privacy and her creative voice. From the beginning, [NBC] has insisted that 'A Wing and A Prayer' will air when both it and Farrah are ready." (Brief outtakes aired on "The Today Show" Monday.)

Nevius also produced the 2005 short-run series for TV Land on Fawcett titled "Chasing Farrah." She was diagnosed with cancer a year later, and seemed to have beaten the disease after undergoing chemo and radiation. When it returned, she traveled to Germany for the alternative therapy.


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