Actor Patrick Swayze, best known for starring in the hit movies "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost," died today after a long battle with cancer. He was 57. His family was by his side.
In January of 2008, doctors diagnosed Swayze with pancreatic cancer. He came
forward about his illness last spring, but continued working as he
underwent treatments. He broke out and became a star in the 1987 smash "Dirty Dancing," and then sealed the deal in "Ghost" with Demi Moore in 1990. He continued to work even after his diagnosis, starring in the A&E drama
Swayze has been married to his wife, dancer Lisa Niemi, since June of 1975. The couple first met when he was 18 and she was 14 and taking dance lessons from Swayze's mother. They do not have any children.
People named him the Sexiest Man Alive in 1991.