Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Veteran Actor Ends Own Life.

Byline: Lynn Tefft Melton Journal Staff Writer

Farnsworth Suffered From Bone Cancer

Richard Farnsworth, the veteran Western actor who was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1999 movie "The Straight Story," committed suicide Friday at his ranch near Lincoln.

Lincoln County Sheriff Tom Sullivan, a friend of Farnsworth's, said the actor left no note. Sullivan speculated that Farnsworth, 80, committed suicide because of the pain from bone cancer. He was diagnosed with bone cancer several years ago, Sullivan said.

Farnsworth's fiancee, Jewel Van Valin, was in a bedroom of the ranch's home around 5:30 p.m. Friday when she heard a shot in an adjacent bedroom, Sullivan said.

Discovering Farnsworth had shot himself, Van Valin went next door to the home of a recently retired Lincoln County sheriff's deputy, who notified the sheriff's office, Sullivan said. …

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