The news of Raquel Welch's demise on February 15, 2023 shook the world. The Hollywood sex symbol, renowned for her iconic roles in films such as One Million Years B.C. and Fantastic Voyage, experienced cardiac arrest before she breathed her last at the age of 82. Her death certificate also showed that she was combating Alzheimer's at the time of her passing, something she had never made known.
Welch's manager, Steve Sauer, released a statement following her death, highlighting her incredible career that spanned over 50 years and included more than 30 films and 50 television series and appearances. He also mentioned her successful line of wigs, which she was involved in more recently.
Welch left behind her two children, Damon and Tahnee, who she had with her former flame, James "Jim" Welch. In her autobiography, Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage, she revealed intimate details of her time with Jim, referring to him as her "first true love" and confessing that she was captivated by him from the instant their eyes met.
After her first divorce, Welch went on to marry three more times, but admitted in a 2015 interview with Piers Morgan on Life Stories that she never quite got it right when it came to relationships. She also acknowledged that her fame often overshadowed her partners, which caused tension in her marriages.
Despite her struggles in love, Welch was a trailblazer in Hollywood, breaking barriers for women and becoming a sex symbol for generations. Her beauty, talent, and charisma made her a beloved icon, and her passing was mourned by fans and colleagues alike.
Following her death, Welch was cremated, according to her death certificate. She may have left us, but her memory will remain in the entertainment industry eternally.