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    Redmond O'Neal Briefly Sprung to Visit Ailing Farrah Fawcett

    Redmond O'Neal, Farrah Fawcett AP Photo/Nick Ut, Jeffrey Mayer/Getty Images

    Has Farrah Fawcett's condition deteriorated to the point where she's "gravely ill?"

    In a development that suggests the worst, the actress' arrest-prone son, Redmond, was permitted to leave his jail cell Saturday to visit his cancer-battling mother.

    Los Angeles Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore confirms to E! News that 24-year-old Redmond received a police escort to and from the Malibu home of his father, Ryan O'Neal. The visit lasted roughly three hours.

    "A judge signed a removal order," Whitmore said, adding that the O'Neal family paid for all transportation costs, which totaled about $1,300. "Saturday they drove him to visit with his mother.

    "It happens sometimes for a funeral or, if someone is gravely ill, someone can be released on a temporary order," Whitmore said, while refusing to directly speak about Fawcett's health.

    During a hearing on his latest probation violation earlier this month, Redmond said his mother's weight was down to 86 pounds, and said her illness was a driving force in his getting clean. However, a friend of Fawcett's disputed Redmond's remarks, saying the actress wasn't as bad off as he made it sound.


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