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'Dirty Dancing' star Patrick Swayze dies at 57


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RIP!!! Your ROCKED on GHOST!! :):(

 

Heres WNBC:

 

Beloved actor Patrick Swayze, the star of romance movie classics "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost," died surrounded by family and friends at the age of 57 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, his publicist said Monday night.

 

"Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months," publicist Annett Wolff said in a statement.

 

Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008 and publicly told fans in March about his illness, a particularly deadly form of cancer.

 

The actor's health declined since the diagnosis and during his filming of his A&E series "The Beast," which aired last year. He continued working despite his illness and openly spoke about his battle with cancer while he promoted the show.

 

He also confessed that he decided not to use painkilling drugs during filming because it would've tainted his performance in the series.

 

Swayze broke onto the acting scene as a Broadway star, but shot to fame on film as bad boy Johnny Castle in teen flick "Dirty Dancing" opposite Jennifer Grey. He was nominated for three Golden Globes throughout his storied career.

 

Doctors told Swayze during their diagnosis that he might only live for a short while -- but he maintained his optimism despite the grim outlook.

 

"I want to last until they find a cure, which means I'd better get a fire under it," he told Barbara Walters earlier this year.

 

"I'd say five years is pretty wishful thinking," he said then. "Two years seems likely if you're going to believe statistics."

 

Swayze also starred in hit films like "Road House," "The Outsiders," and "Ghost," the hit romance that saw him play a spirit who haunted on-screen wife Demi Moore.

 

Ashton Kutcher, Moore's husband wrote "RIP P Swayze" on Twitter. He also linked to a YouTube clip of the actor poking fun at himself in a classic "Saturday Night Live" sketch, in which he played a wannabe Chippendales dancer alongside the corpulent — and frighteningly shirtless — Chris Farley.

 

Swayze returned to the stage in 2003, starring in "Chicago" on Broadway, and in 2006 sang in the musical "Guys and Dolls" in London.

 

He's survived by wife Lisa Niemi, who he married in 1975. The couple, who met when Swayze was 19 and Niemi was 15, never had children.

 

Swayze was treated for the cancer at Stanford University Medical Center, where he would fly to from his home in Los Angeles.

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That is such sad news. I loved him in Dirty Dancing and Ghost. He was a really good actor, dancer and singer too. Remember the song, "She's Like The Wind" back in 87? That song was all over the place back then. As a young transit buff, I loved seeing him on the subway in Ghost. That made me love the subway even more. He will be sorely missed.

 

RIP Patrick Swayze.

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