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September 15th, 2009
07:16 AM ET

Actor Patrick Swayze dies after cancer fight

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - Patrick Swayze, whose hunky good looks and sympathetic performances in such films as "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost" made him a romantic idol to millions, died Monday. He was 57.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Patrick Swayze's doctor said in March 2008 that Swayze was suffering from pancreatic cancer."]

Swayze died of pancreatic cancer, his publicist, Annett Wolf, told CNN.

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

Swayze's doctor, Dr. George Fisher, revealed in early March 2008 that Swayze was fighting the disease.

Most recently, Swayze starred in A&E network's "The Beast," which debuted in January. He agreed to take the starring role of an undercover FBI agent before his diagnosis. The network agreed to shoot an entire season of the show after Swayze responded well to cancer treatment.

In an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters in January, Swayze said his work on that show was exhausting, requiring 12-hour workdays in Chicago, Illinois, doing his own stunts. But he said the show's character "just felt right for my soul." Share your memories of Swayze

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  1. julie hunt

    hi thinking of lisa at this sad time patrick was agreat actor my favourite was dirty dancing ironic on the day he died i had tickets for london to see show it made it more memorable peace be with you and r.i.p x

    September 20, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  2. JEZEBEL58

    Dirty Dancing was one of a few movies that I thoroughly enjoyed and he will be missed,he fought to the end and will be remembered as a fighter for his long lasting marriage to Lisa which is very rare .

    September 15, 2009 at 9:02 am |
  3. Craig Arnold

    My heart goes out to the Swayze family I know it's a tough fight with pancreatic cancer. No words could match what's going on inside right now, it's a horrible cancer that's breaks a body down to the last breath. I was the sole caregiver from my wife Nancy. She was a 11 month survivor of pancreatic cancer. She was 48 and passed away in her sleep 19 July 2009. May God rest there souls, there're now in a place that's free of pain & suffering.
    Very respectfully, Craig, A
    Virginia Beach, Va

    September 15, 2009 at 8:59 am |
  4. nancy

    R.I.P. Condolences to the family.

    September 15, 2009 at 8:44 am |