Patrick Swayze Dies At Age 57

Sad, sad news to report.

After a public and painful battle with pancreatic cancer, actor Patrick Swayze has died. His publicist Annett Wolf confirms that the 57-year-old Dirty Dancing star died Monday surrounded by family.

I’ve always felt a connection to Patrick Swayze because we share a birthday; this is especially sad for me.

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Last spring Patrick Swayze announced he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but he continued to work as he went through treatment. He starred on the A&E drama The Beast, and told fans he and his wife were working on a memoir.

…the reason [Patrick Swayze] moved up from supporting player to giant star really comes from his ability to convincingly play down his powerfully athletic physicality and be, for lack of a better phrase, a little soft. Swayze was good-looking, of course — and sexy in a way that felt earned, since he had a dancer’s body and not just one built strictly in the gym. But he wasn’t quite as delicately pretty as a lot of similarly positioned stars. Eyes maybe a tiny bit too small, kind of a square head … it could fool the eye, just for a fleeting, foolish second, into believing he was a guy you might actually meet in the wild.

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It was 1987 when Swayze became a star with his performance in “Dirty Dancing,” a coming-of-age story set in a Catskills resort. The 1990 film “Ghost” cemented his status as a screen favorite.

Swayze played a murdered man trying to communicate with his fiancee through a spirit played by Whoopi Goldberg.

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