Monday September 14, 2009 6:22 pm
Patrick Swayze Dies at Age 57
Patrick Swayze, the three-time Golden Globe-nominated actor and dancer, died Monday after a public battle with cancer. He was 57 years old. According to a statement from his publicist, Patrick’s family was by his side at the time of his passing.
Swayze, who is best remembered for teaching Baby how to dance, boasted a number of memorable projects on his resume. In addition to Dirty Dancing, Patrick also starred in Ghost, The Outsiders, Red Dawn, Point Break and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. People’s former “Sexiest Man Alive” also appeared in several television projects including A&E’s The Beast (it was canceled this year after only one season) and the popular miniseries North and South.
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Although he had been diagnosed with inoperable stage-four pancreatic cancer in late 2007, Swayze told Barbara Walters earlier this year that he intended to fight as long as he could. “I’ve never been one to run from a challenge,” Swayze said.
Unfortunately, Patrick realized that time was probably not on his side. “I’d say five years is pretty wishful thinking,” he acknowledged. “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.”
The actor’s death comes just two weeks before his memoir - co-authored by his wife, Lisa Niemi - was scheduled to be released. According to Amazon, The Time of My Life will become available on September 29.
Patrick and Lisa had been married since 1975.
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