Actor Patrick Swayze dies at 57

Meredith Medoway ('10)/ Eastside Entertainment Editor

Patrick Swayze, 57, died yesterday, September 14, after his long battle with pancreatic cancer. According to his publicist, Annett Wolf, he “passed away peacefully…with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the past 20 months.” It was discovered in March of 2008 that Swayze had the fatal disease and he said in an interview with Barbara Walters in early 2009 that “two years seems likely” for his life-expectancy.
Swayze, born August 18, 1952, grew up in Houston until 1972 when he moved to New York City to finish his formal dance training. His most famous roles were in “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost” and he was nominated for a Golden Globe for both roles. Most recently, Swayze was starring in the TV show “The Beast” about a FBI agent who receives a new partner that is secretly acting as a double agent.
Also, recently Swayze was working with his wife on creating a memoir of his life which is scheduled to come out this fall.