Monday, September 14, 2009


Patrick Swayze has died 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," his publicist, Annett Wolf, said in a statement. No other details were given.

The actor was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008 and had been undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments ever since.

Swayze -- who once said, "I dream of a future with a long, healthy life, a life not lived in the shadow of cancer but in the light" -- made a point to tell fans that even throughout his battle with the disease, his life was filled with positive moments.

"I am one of the lucky ones with pancreatic cancer that is responding well to the treatment," he said in a statement in March, at the same time some reports claimed he only had weeks to live. "There is a brand new, 12-week old, Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy named Kumasai in my life who is gorgeous and already showing that he will be one special dog... I have so much to be thankful for at this time."

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