Legendary actress Raquel Welch, who rose to fame as a ’60s sex symbol and starred in movies such as “Fantastic Voyage” and “One Million Years B.C.”, has died at age 82.
The news was confirmed by Welch’s family in a statement to The New York Times, who said that the actress had passed away due to complications from a long-term illness.
Welch first rose to fame in the mid-1960s, when she starred in the 1966 sci-fi classic “Fantastic Voyage”. She then went on to appear in a number of other films, including “One Million Years B.C.” and “The Three Musketeers”.
Welch also had a successful career in television, appearing in shows such as “The Muppet Show” and “The Love Boat”. She was also a frequent guest on talk shows, including “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”.
The actress received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995 and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in the 1978 TV movie “Right to Die”.
Welch is survived by her four children, two grandchildren, and her long-time companion, Richard Palmer.
In a statement, her family said, “We are deeply saddened to announce that Raquel Welch has passed away today at the age of 82. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, friend and inspiration. We will miss her dearly.”