Patrick Swayze passes away
September 14, 2009 8:21pm CST
Patrick Swayze succumbs to pancreatic cancer ‘Dirty Dancing’ star, 57, battled disease since January 2008 Patrick Swayze, the hunky actor who danced his way into viewers’ hearts with “Dirty Dancing” and then broke them with “Ghost,” died Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57. “Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months,” said a statement released Monday evening by his publicist, Annett Wolf. No other details were given. Fans of the actor were saddened to learn in March 2008 that Swayze was suffering from a particularly deadly form of cancer. He had kept working despite the diagnosis, putting together a memoir with his wife and shooting “The Beast,” an A&E drama series for which he had already made the pilot. It drew a respectable 1.3 million viewers when the 13 episodes ran in 2009, but A&E said it had reluctantly decided not to renew it for a second season. Swayze said he opted not to use painkilling drugs while making “The Beast” because they would have taken the edge off his performance. He acknowledged that time might be running out given the grim nature of the disease. When he first went public with the illness, some reports gave him only weeks to live, but his doctor said his situation was “considerably more optimistic” than that. “I’d say five years is pretty wishful thinking,” Swayze told ABC’s Barbara Walters in early 2009. “Two years seems likely if you’re going to believe statistics. I want to last until they find a cure, which means I’d better get a fire under it.”
• United States
15 Sep 09
It's sad to see such a wonderful man and talent pass away, but he'll forever be remembered in the hearts of his fans and through the movies he participated in. I hope that his family will be okay and will live wonderful lives, though first I know they need to grieve the passing of their loved one. I'm only sorry that he didn't live to when a cure was found, but I hope that someday soon one will be, so that such a tragic loss does not occur again. May he rest in peace.