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Patrick Swayze Passes Away at 57

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 14, 2009 at 12:15PM

Actor Patrick Swayze died today at the age of 57, it has been sadly reported. Swayze's publicist said the actor - who had been publicly battling pancreatic cancer for the past two years - passed away with his family at his side.
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Actor Patrick Swayze died today at the age of 57, it has been sadly reported. Swayze's publicist said the actor - who had been publicly battling pancreatic cancer for the past two years - passed away with his family at his side.

Active in the industry for thirty years, Swayze's onscreen debut came in the role of as "Ace" in 1979's "Skatetown, U.S.A.." He later became best known for his work in films like 1987's "Dirty Dancing," 1990's "Ghost," and 1995's "To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar" (all three of which earned him Golden Globe nominations), and more recently had starred in Richard Kelly's "Donnie Darko," and the A&E series "The Beast."

Swayze leaves behind his wife, Lisa Niemi, whom he had been married to since June 12, 1975.