Patrick Swayze has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 57. He fought bravely for 20 months and lived longer than most with the grim prognosis that such a fast-acting cancer provides. He’ll be forever remembered for his role in the generation-defining “Dirty Dancing,” as well as strong leading performances in “Ghost,” “Road House” and “The Outsiders,” among other roles. Myself, I still always get a smile thinking of the classic SNL skit with he and Chris Farley auditioning for Chippendales.
Even disregarding his cinematic resume, Swayze seemed to be a fundamentally good and decent human being who faced down his illness with bravery and candor. He passed away far too young but lived long enough to make an impression on many.
Go with God, Mr. Swayze, and rest in peace.