Patrick Swayze Dead at 57
Mary Richard | September 14, 2009 at 04:28 pmby
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Patrick Swayze"One thing I'm not gonna do is chase staying alive, you spend so much time chasing staying alive, you won't live."
Patrick Swayze, the American actor/dancer who danced his way into our hearts, has today lost his almost two year battle with pancreatic cancer.
He died in his home with his family and loved ones beside him.
"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.
Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on Aug. 18, 1952, in Houston, the son of Jesse Wayne Swayze, an engineer and rodeo cowboy, and Patsy Swayze, a dance instructor and choreographer. He began dancing as a child and was often teased about it.
Swayze seemed set on a dance career: He studied with the prestigious Joffrey Ballet and joined another company, the Eliot Feld Ballet Company. But surgery for an old football injury ended his ballet career and he turned to acting.
Patrick Swayze"If I leave this Earth, I want to leave this Earth just knowing I've tried to give something back and tried to do something worthwhile with myself,"
R.I.P Patrick Swayze.
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