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Patrick Swayze Succumbs to Cancer

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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 "The Beast."

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.

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nicole September 14, 2009, 7:20 PM

Such a year of tragedies, but this is truly a GREAT man that we have lost. So glad to know he’s in a better place and out of pain. His legacy will go on!

steph September 14, 2009, 7:51 PM

I watched his last interview w Barbara Walters..and it brought me to tears. He was so positive and such a fighter. His outlook on life definitely motivated me to appreciate every day we have. RIP Patrick Swayze.

Cadillac Colin Cody September 15, 2009, 11:47 PM

Another entirely needless death from a disease that is easy to prevent with proper diet and easy to cure permanently in 48 days. It is sad to see my fellow Texan and fellow actor/dancer take his final curtain call on the stage of life. I wish I had known him personally as I am told that he was fun to be around.

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