Patrick Swayze was an actor, dancer, singer and songwriter beloved for his unforgettable roles—and moves—in movies like Dirty Dancing and Ghost. In January 2008, he had just finished shooting a TV pilot when he received a devastating pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Refusing to give in to the disease, Patrick continued working while undergoing grueling chemotherapy treatments. On September 14, 2009, he lost his 22-month battle and died at the age of 57. His wife of 34 years, Lisa Niemi, was by his side.
Published on October 30, 2009