Paul Newman has reportedly told friends and family he wants to die at home after being told he only has “a few weeks to live”.
The Hollywood superstar – who is thought to be suffering from terminal lung cancer – has now finished his chemotherapy sessions and has told wife Joanne Woodward and the couple’s three daughters that he wants to spend his final days at his home rather than the New York cancer hospital where he was being treated.
A close family friend told the MailOnline website: “Paul didn’t want to die in the hospital. Joanne and their daughters are beside themselves with grief.”
The 83-year-old actor – who co-owns a motor racing team – has reportedly started getting his business affairs in order in preparation for his death.
The friend added: “He gave a prized car – a Ferrari with his racing number 82 on it – to a long-time pal. The sudden move angered his children. It’s especially hard for them to come to grips with what’s going on.
“The word they’ve been given is that he has only a few weeks to live.”
As well as three daughters with Joanne, to who he has been married since 1958, Paul has two daughters with ex-wife Jackie Witte.
Paul is widely considered to be one of the greatest actors in Hollywood, having starred in classic movies including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Hustler and Cool Hand Luke.
Throughout his career, Paul has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won one of the prestigious awards for his role in The Color of Money in 1986.