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Ryan O'Neal

I'm Desperate To Keep Farrah Painting

'Or I'll Die!'

12/13/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ryan O'Neal is a desperate man ... telling TMZ if he's forced to give up a famous Warhol painting of Farrah Fawcett ... it will kill him.

O'Neal may have been overly dramatic when we saw him Wednesday night outside Palmeri ... but he was clearly anxious about the outcome of his court case involving the portrait.

The University of Texas has sued O'Neal ... claiming it rightfully owns the Warhol ... since Farrah left her entire art collection to the university in her will. 

O'Neal -- who was with Farrah for years -- claims the artist gave the painting to him personally ... so he's fighting in court to hang onto it. 

He tells us, "I gotta win ... or I'll die."

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Katz    

RIP you clown!

251 days ago
17.

Katz    

He didn't feel that way when she caught him cheating on her!

251 days ago
18.

victory    

It's been reported that portrait is worth about 12 million. Ryan hasn't worked in decades, he needs the money, of course, he'll die. Can't keep up the LA lifestyle w/out money in the bank. Such a loser!

251 days ago
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click    

What would it profit a man if he would gain the whole world, (in this case a painting) but lose their soul.

251 days ago
20.

aemish    

Say what you will about this man but I can't help but like the dude! Not saying I would date him but I think he'd be a cool neighbor. I was all set to hate him when he did that show on OWN with Tatum but she was the one I wound up annoyed with by all the whining about crap that happened decades [and decades!] ago

251 days ago
21.

Marilyn    

Will states University gets all her artwork.
Sorry druggie.
Just a note.........
Some people prefer cremation to 6 feet under.

251 days ago
22.

Wendy    

It may have something to do with the fact she left him OUT of her will and that painting is worth $30 million.

251 days ago
23.

batchild    

I really hope UT wins; good riddance to that narcissistic thug!

251 days ago
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TuxThePenguin    

he beat her up a lot! there are police reports and photos. screw him.

251 days ago
25.

Politico Pablo    

Ryan better start making funeral arrangments.

251 days ago
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Twilightstar    

Awww Come on University of Texas. You guys have enough. Quit being thievish and LET RYAN keep the painting. He loved Farrah and helped her till she died.

251 days ago
27.

Scout    

Is it any wonder that this man has children with serious drug issues?

He's a nut.

251 days ago
28.

John    

yeah die of starvation since he needs the CASH from it

251 days ago
29.

1uniquemonique    

well get to "dying."

251 days ago
30.

RD    

O'Neal reminds me a lot of Alec Baldwin. Both are major league nut cases.

251 days ago
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