On Monday (September 14), Patrick Swayze has passed away at the young age of 57-years-old.
According to the AP:
“Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months,” said a statement released Monday evening by his publicist, Annett Wolf. No other details were given.
Fans of the actor were saddened to learn in March 2008 that Swayze was suffering from a particularly deadly form of cancer.
When he first went public with the illness, some reports gave him only weeks to live, but his doctor said his situation was “considerably more optimistic” than that.
“I’d say five years is pretty wishful thinking,” Swayze told ABC’s Barbara Walters in early 2009. “Two years seems likely if you’re going to believe statistics. I want to last until they find a cure, which means I’d better get a fire under it.”
Prior to his passing, Patrick continued to push forward with his acting career - as he had previously been working on a crime show called “The Beast”.
Just ahead to the beginning of the series, Mr. Swayze talked with Barbara Walters for her ABC special, saying of his illness, “I keep my heart and my soul and my spirit open to miracles,” adding that in the mean time, “I want to live.”
The “Ghost” actor will be dearly missed by his loved ones, colleagues and fans, leaing behind his wife of 34 years, Lisa Niemi.