(RightIsRight.co) – BREAKING NOW: Just moments ago, the sad news of the death of Raquel Welch became public.
Welch, the sex symbol to a generation of Americans, was 82.
The cause of her death was due to a brief illness, as reported by her family members to TMZ.
No further details were disclosed. Welch’s representative did not respond to requests for comment.
Welch rose to fame in the 1960s for her roles in the films “Fantastic Voyage” and “One Million Years B.C.”
In the latter movie, she donned a skimpy deerskin bikini, establishing her as a sex symbol.
The actress later revealed that she nearly died while filming the movie due to the severe weather conditions and her skimpy outfit, which caused her to develop tonsillitis.
Despite the difficulties she faced, Welch was able to continue shooting and went on to gain worldwide recognition.
In 1974, Welch won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for her role in “The Three Musketeers.”
She was also named one of the “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History” by Empire magazine in 1995 and was ranked No. 3 in Playboy’s “100 Sexiest Stars of the 20th Century.”
Additionally, Welch appeared on Cher’s variety show in 1975 and performed “I’m a Woman” with the singer.
Welch was married four times in her life, with her marriages to James Welch, Patrick Curtis, André Weinfeld, and Richard Palmer lasting from 1959 to 1964, 1967 to 1972, 1980 to 1990, and 1999 to 2004, respectively.
She is survived by her son, Damon, and her daughter, Tahnee. In her later years, Welch was a recluse and kept a low profile.
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