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Patrick Swayze Dead at 57
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LOS ANGELES Patrick Swayze, the hunky actor who danced his way into viewers' hearts with "Dirty Dancing" and then broke them with "Ghost," died Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

"Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months," said a statement released Monday evening by his publicist, Annett Wolf. No other details were given.

Fans of the actor were saddened to learn in March 2008 that Swayze was suffering from a particularly deadly form of cancer.

He had kept working despite the diagnosis, putting together a memoir with his wife and shooting "The Beast," an A&E drama series for which he had already made the pilot. It drew a respectable 1.3 million viewers when the 13 episodes ran in 2009, but A&E said it had reluctantly decided not to renew it for a second season.

Swayze said he opted not to use painkilling drugs while making "The Beast" because they would have taken the edge off his performance. He acknowledged that time might be running out given the grim nature of the disease.

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"No body puts Baby in a corner."

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  -Patrick Swayze Dead at 57 ElsewheresDaughter  Sep-14-09 07:37 PM   #0 
  - Rest In Peace, Mr Swayze  mitchum   Sep-14-09 07:41 PM   #1 
  - He fought a brave battle.  Barack_America   Sep-14-09 07:41 PM   #2 
  - Very sad news...  Spazito   Sep-14-09 07:43 PM   #3 
  - RIP  no_hypocrisy   Sep-14-09 07:45 PM   #4 
  - So sad. I loved watching him in movies when I was a kid.  Jennicut   Sep-14-09 07:46 PM   #5 
  - we'll remember you, rest in peace  demigoddess   Sep-14-09 07:47 PM   #6 
  - very sad  grantcart   Sep-14-09 07:48 PM   #7 
  - His wife Lisa met him when she was.....  Tikki   Sep-14-09 07:48 PM   #8 
  - He was a true babe.  undeterred   Sep-14-09 07:50 PM   #9 
  - I liked him as Orry Main in the John Jakes "North & South" mini series.  Historic NY   Sep-14-09 07:51 PM   #10 
  - That was a good series.  imdjh   Sep-14-09 10:09 PM   #82 
  - Oh god, I was a kid when that show aired and I was glued to the TV for every episode!  Odin2005   Sep-14-09 10:59 PM   #89 
  - Oh, me, too!!!  hamsterjill   Sep-15-09 08:55 AM   #117 
  - Publicist for Patrick Swayze says the 'Dirty Dancing' actor has died |  Mari333   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #11 
  - Oh, so very sad. I really liked him and thought he was so brave.  CTyankee   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #12 
  - My deepest condolences to his family and to all who loved him...  CaliforniaPeggy   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #13 
  - damn, hes younger than me.  Mari333   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #14 
  - Just a few months older than I am. n/t  PSzymeczek   Sep-14-09 08:46 PM   # 
  - Yes, but you're alive, so there's that blessing. As they say,  No Elephants   Sep-15-09 03:49 PM   #128 
  - RIP Patrick  Tommy_J   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #15 
  - two-year battle with pancreatic cancer  auntAgonist   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #17 
  - RIP  brucefan   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #16 
  - I knew he didn't have long but it still seemed like he was doing so well and might beat the odds.  Roland99   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #18 
  - Things looked bad for him in the tabloids I saw in the supermarket.  CTyankee   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #20 
  - There aren't really any odds to beat with pancratic cancer as far as I know.  shadowknows69   Sep-14-09 08:14 PM   #43 
  - He fought a long hard battle  liberal N proud   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #19 
  - How sad. I will always remember how wonderful he was in Dirty Dancing  question everything   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #21 
  - My deepest condolences to his family and friends.  undergroundrailroad   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #22 
  - Sad. I liked DD, but for me, it was "Roadhouse."  immoderate   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #23 
  - Wolverines!  El Supremo   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #24 
  - Rest in peace, Dear Man.  Mad_Dem_X   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #25 
  - Very sad...RIP Patrick  joeybee12   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #26 
  - RIP Patrick  ellie   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #27 
  - Just wanted to get this off my chest ////I HATE CANCER!  cherish44   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #28 
  - I with you! n/t  wisteria   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #31 
  - Imagine how much more money  fujiyama   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #36 
  - One of my biggest fears in quitting smoking was that I would find out something dreadful ....  imdjh   Sep-14-09 08:51 PM   #62 
     - The 'nagging cough' is normal when you quit ....  Trajan   Sep-15-09 12:09 AM   #97 
  - :(  Sky Masterson   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #29 
  - I love your Sig-Pic.  FarPoint   Sep-14-09 11:07 PM   #91 
  - He worked so hard to try and stay alive. God rest his soul. n/t  wisteria   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #30 
  - How sad - May the angels carry him to the lord. He will missed  southernyankeebelle   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #32 
  - Dayum  JustAnotherGen   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #33 
  - Oh, no, I was just thinking about him the other day.  KatyaR   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #34 
  - He was one tough man  mitchum   Sep-14-09 08:02 PM   #35 
  - I loved his movies  Patchuli   Sep-14-09 08:04 PM   #37 
  - Psst.  lildreamer316   Sep-14-09 11:57 PM   #96 
     - Oh WOW thank you!  Patchuli   Sep-16-09 12:35 AM   #136 
  - Very sad news  Raine   Sep-14-09 08:05 PM   #38 
  - what a tough ol bird he was! I loved him as a person from all I saw him speaking on interviews  Divine Discontent   Sep-14-09 08:06 PM   #39 
  - (near end of Too Wong Foo) Carol Ann (Stockard Channing) to Vida (Patrick Swayze)  Divine Discontent   Sep-14-09 09:35 PM   #72 
  - Smoking = Pancreatic cancer  Gulftrout   Sep-14-09 08:09 PM   #40 
  - Oh for fucks sake can we wait until the body is cold before the soapboxing starts?  shadowknows69   Sep-14-09 08:15 PM   #44 
  - Wasted treatment?  Gulftrout   Sep-14-09 08:23 PM   #47 
  - Piss off  RoyGBiv   Sep-14-09 08:25 PM   #48 
  - Many of the people bitching about smoking are probably "hauling around" extra weight ...  ShortnFiery   Sep-15-09 06:31 AM   #111 
  - When I was misdiagnosed with a terminal illness, my first thought was ...  imdjh   Sep-14-09 10:07 PM   #80 
  - There may be a time and place for advocating not smoking, this isn't it. Search shows me you are a j  uppityperson   Sep-15-09 04:26 AM   #107 
     - On the Contrary  Gulftrout   Sep-15-09 06:10 AM   #109 
        - Look within first? Self-righteousness is only promoted by right wing mega-churches. eom  ShortnFiery   Sep-15-09 06:33 AM   #112 
        - Awesome time, dude...  Rebubula   Sep-15-09 07:30 AM   #114 
        - Start your own thread on it rather than hijacking a RIP thread then  uppityperson   Sep-15-09 03:36 PM   #126 
        - Hmm, I wonder what other online "treasures" of yours we can look forward to?  Raster   Sep-15-09 06:19 PM   #134 
           - How 'bout a message  Gulftrout   Sep-15-09 08:48 PM   #135 
  - You must be new here. (nt)  Posteritatis   Sep-14-09 08:28 PM   #49 
  - I think it took CNN ten seconds after learning Kennedy was dead before it  No Elephants   Sep-15-09 03:41 PM   #127 
  - Leave us. nt  thereismore   Sep-14-09 08:48 PM   #61 
  - maybe his wife could sue the movie companies who take the tobacco company money  Algorem   Sep-15-09 07:26 AM   #113 
  - you give democrats a bad name. nt  t0dd   Sep-16-09 12:46 AM   #137 
  - Great actor.. will be missed.  AsahinaKimi   Sep-14-09 08:09 PM   #41 
  - I loved him in this skit with Chris Farley on SNL.  SCRUBDASHRUB   Sep-14-09 08:22 PM   #46 
     - That was the funniest thing I ever saw on television, then and since. n/t  bitchkitty   Sep-14-09 09:14 PM   #69 
     - I perused this thread just to find a reference to that hilarious skit  Kolesar   Sep-15-09 05:48 AM   #108 
     - Both were great in that skit. Neither one of them ever just "phoned in" a performance. At least  No Elephants   Sep-15-09 03:57 PM   #129 
  - Texas and Houston have lost another favorite son.....  AnneD   Sep-14-09 08:13 PM   #42 
  - Yes another cool Houstonian!  Manifestor_of_Light   Sep-15-09 04:45 PM   #132 
  - "a particularly deadly... cancer" Pancreatic cancer just ended my brother's life too soon...  FailureToCommunicate   Sep-14-09 08:21 PM   #45 
  - I'm so sorry for your loss, FailureToCommunicate. n/t  FourScore   Sep-14-09 08:55 PM   #64 
     - Thanks.  FailureToCommunicate   Sep-14-09 09:04 PM   #67 
        - Wow. This was very recent.  FourScore   Sep-14-09 09:43 PM   #75 
           - Yes I do have contact with them; trying to be a good uncle. Sorry for your loss  FailureToCommunicate   Sep-15-09 08:38 AM   #116 
  - RIP  emilyg   Sep-14-09 08:29 PM   #50 
  - Oh bless his heart  MissDeeds   Sep-14-09 08:31 PM   #51 
  - Oh how sad! RIP Patrick  sce56   Sep-14-09 08:34 PM   #52 
  - Star of a man's movie that manly men universally love in a he-man manly way.  onehandle   Sep-14-09 08:34 PM   #53 
  - Everyone said he was a very sweet man. I saw the interview with  Ilsa   Sep-14-09 08:36 PM   #54 
  - He seemed like he was a nice guy in real life.  tabasco   Sep-14-09 08:41 PM   #55 
  - Ach, so sad. RIP to a real fighter and a fine actor.  nolabear   Sep-14-09 08:41 PM   #56 
  - We have lost a legendary  Libertas1776   Sep-14-09 08:43 PM   #57 
  - One of the best.....  Uben   Sep-14-09 08:45 PM   #58 
  - Great guy, and he and Chris Farley teamed for an all-timer on SNL. Here it is.  Faygo Kid   Sep-14-09 08:46 PM   #59 
  - God bless You Patrick....  Ecumenist   Sep-14-09 08:47 PM   #60 
  - Wolverines! Gods speed Pat. n/t  Hotler   Sep-14-09 08:52 PM   #63 
  - Totally underrated as a dancer. He was fabulous. RIP Patrick. Class act all the way.  glinda   Sep-14-09 09:00 PM   #65 
  - Totally underrated as a dancer. He was fabulous. RIP Patrick. Class act all the way.  glinda   Sep-14-09 09:00 PM   #66 
  - Truly sad...loved to watch him dance.  madmom   Sep-14-09 09:12 PM   #68 
  - I lost my dad to pancreatic cancer. It's not a pretty way to go. And poor Patrick had even  Aristus   Sep-14-09 09:17 PM   #70 
  - "Nobody puts Baby in a corner!"  A-4300SX   Sep-14-09 09:25 PM   #71 
  - And oh, lordie, lordie  hamsterjill   Sep-15-09 09:00 AM   #118 
  - So so sorry to see you go, Patrick Swayze  Samantha   Sep-14-09 09:37 PM   #73 
  - Really sad and dead too young  RamboLiberal   Sep-14-09 09:41 PM   #74 
  - Other than an overall nice guy, didn't know much about him......  George II   Sep-14-09 09:44 PM   #76 
  - RIP. n/t  vaberella   Sep-14-09 09:50 PM   #77 
  - "Point Break"  DontTreadOnMe   Sep-14-09 09:53 PM   #78 
  - WTF a lot of good people dying this year  Richd506   Sep-14-09 10:04 PM   #79 
  - So sorry  donheld   Sep-14-09 10:07 PM   #81 
  - RIP  Juan_de_la_Dem   Sep-14-09 10:19 PM   #83 
  - Any other MST3k fans out there? Remember a Patrick Swayze Christmas song?  Mrs. Overall   Sep-14-09 10:21 PM   #84 
  - Now we can ALL have a Patrick Swayze Christmas....on you tube  slampoet   Sep-14-09 11:41 PM   #94 
  - My mother died of pancreatic cancer at 57 too. She survived about 18 months post diagnosis.  Old Hob   Sep-14-09 10:28 PM   #85 
  - Sorry to hear that old hob  skoalyman   Sep-14-09 10:43 PM   #86 
  - So did my dad.His birthday's next week.  w8liftinglady   Sep-14-09 10:45 PM   #87 
     - It's a terrible diagnosis.  Old Hob   Sep-14-09 11:10 PM   #92 
  - ...............  DainBramaged   Sep-14-09 10:57 PM   #88 
  - Oh no!  Odin2005   Sep-14-09 10:59 PM   #90 
  - Same cancer that killed Andy. nt  AlienGirl   Sep-14-09 11:10 PM   #93 
  - Rest in peace, Mr. Swayze  Catherine Vincent   Sep-14-09 11:52 PM   #95 
  - The Beast was some of his best work ....  Trajan   Sep-15-09 12:11 AM   #98 
  - r.i.p.  rivercat   Sep-15-09 12:47 AM   #99 
  - Welcome to DU & that's great about your Mom!  Divine Discontent   Sep-15-09 02:32 AM   #103 
  - Aww, Damn :( RIP  DarthDem   Sep-15-09 01:01 AM   #100 
  - R.I.P. Patrick Swayze (n/t)  area51   Sep-15-09 01:08 AM   #101 
  - Very sad  RFKHumphreyObama   Sep-15-09 01:22 AM   #102 
  - oh no! rest in peace...  NuttyFluffers   Sep-15-09 04:00 AM   #104 
  - very sad  DrO   Sep-15-09 04:05 AM   #105 
  - Tragic  dipsydoodle   Sep-15-09 04:19 AM   #106 
  - It was reported this A.M. that 76% of those stricken with Pancreatic Cancer ...  ShortnFiery   Sep-15-09 06:28 AM   #110 
  - .  lunatica   Sep-15-09 07:40 AM   #115 
  - K&R for the courage he displayed at the end of his life  slackmaster   Sep-15-09 09:01 AM   #119 
  - Damn. This is really sad. R.I.P. Dear Patrick. n/t  Triana   Sep-15-09 10:16 AM   #120 
  - I saw him once at an Arabian Horse Show  doodadem   Sep-15-09 11:59 AM   #121 
  - Vaya con Dios, Patrick. We've lost one of our great hoofers.  Vidar   Sep-15-09 12:46 PM   #122 
  - ...  Hugin   Sep-15-09 12:50 PM   #123 
  - RIP, Patrick. A great actor.  InvisibleTouch   Sep-15-09 02:44 PM   #124 
  - I can admit it here...  Froward69   Sep-15-09 03:23 PM   #125 
  - Thank you for so many iconic movies and fine performances. You always seemed to do your  No Elephants   Sep-15-09 04:03 PM   #130 
  - Vaya con Dios, Brah.  infidel dog   Sep-15-09 04:28 PM   #131 
  - R.I.P. Patrick  Orrin_73   Sep-15-09 04:48 PM   #133 

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