Swayze Succumbs To Cancer

Patrick Swayze has died after succumbing to pancreatic cancer. He was just 57.

Patrick Swayze RIPThe actor best known for the iconic films Ghost and Dirty Dancing lost his battle with pancreatic cancer today.

Patrick Swayze's death info thus far...

Shortly after 5pm PST on Monday, September 14, actor Patrick Swayze passed away. Swayze's death was announced by his publicist in a statement:

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

No other details have been given thus far.

In March 2008, Swayze announced to the world that he had pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer can be one of the most difficult to beat and Swayze knew it and never gave up fighting.

Sadly, his battle with pancreatic cancer was lost September 14.

Swayze was most recently on screen on A&E's The Beast and although the show did OK ratings-wise, the actor was a model of perseverance for his ability to work through obvious pain.

Swayze in cinema

One of Swayze's first films, Red Dawn, is currently being re-made and is an example of the actor's impact on pop culture. His famous call of "Wolverines!" became a rallying cry during the early '80s.

Then, there was Dirty Dancing. Very rarely do films become such a part of the pop lexicon that their revivals become news. On Dirty Dancing's various anniversaries, the entire cast would gather again in Hollywood because of the demand of seeing the stars walk the red carpet for Dirty Dancing once more.

It is truly sad that all future Dirty Dancing events will no longer include the man who coined the most famous phrase in the entire film -- "nobody puts Baby in a corner!"

Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing with Jennifer Grey

After Dirty Dancing, Swayze became the action star he always sought to be with his performance in Roadhouse, Point Break and a number of other high-octane action flicks.

Patrick Swayze will be missedBut, again, Swayze's softer side endeared him to hundreds of millions of female fans for his next role in Ghost. Swayze and Demi Moore combined for a perfect storm of romance and science-fiction thriller. Ghost was an enormous hit and gave Whoopi Goldberg an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Equally altruistic as he was talented, Swayze supported many animal and children-related causes alongside his wife, Niemi. Niemi and Swayze were married in 1975. Patrick and Niemi met when he was 19 and she was 15. The pair of dancers shared a love affair of a lifetime.

No word yet from Niemi, but our thoughts and prayers go out to her and the Swayze family.

Swayze, a three-time Golden Globe nominee, was initially only given months to live. It is a testament to his character, fortitude and awareness, that as a superstar, he knew he was a role model for others who may beat the disease and lived on much longer than expected.

Stay tuned to SheKnows for celebrity reaction to this beloved star's passing.


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Comments on "Patrick Swayze dies at 57"

Rosie Silk September 10, 2011 | 2:22 AM

Patrick as it nears your second aniversary of your death so many of us are thinking of you and your family.You were the best no one will be as good as you.You were gold to your family and gold to the world and are sadly missed.No one will ever fill your shoes and memories of you will last forever.Your gone but not forgotten we love you Patrick

Jeana September 09, 2010 | 11:56 AM

Patrick Swayze was one of my favorite actors, next to Harrison Ford and Sean Connery. My father was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in late 2008, he fought until the summer of 2009 (and survived), but my Mother was diagnosed in August of 2009 with a very rare form of Sarcoma. She passed away in April of 2010. My Uncle is currently fighting Colon Cancer. My heart weeps for those facing, suffering with, or helplessly watching a loved one struggle with cancer.

Julie September 22, 2009 | 3:31 PM

Mr. Swayze's passing was so sad. It brought back such sad and painful memories of my wonderful brother Morse who died of pancreatic cancer in 2008. I feel for the family and friends and I am glad his suffering is over.

adeola September 17, 2009 | 4:00 PM

well! it a pity dat we will miss him, l love his ghost... but may his soul rest in peace.

Beverly September 15, 2009 | 12:55 AM

i was so sad to hear of Patrick's death and he will be dearly missed by all. From what i am told his type of cancer is one of the painful type so he is pain free now. I will always remember him as he was back in the days of "Dirty Dancing" especially when i heard those songs. RIP Patrick, you are missed and will continue to be.

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