The Hollywood heart-throb, Patrick Swayze, has died after losing a long battle with cancer. He was 57. The actor was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, the most deadly form of the disease, early last year. He vowed to fight on, and surprised Hollywood by filming a new detective series called “The Beast” in which he played the lead.
Swayze shot to fame as dance instructor Johnny Castle opposite Jennifer Grey in the steamy film ‘Dirty Dancing’ which defied predictions to become one of the most popular movies of all time. “He was an amazing man with an amazing spirit, and I loved the way that he continued, and he went out like a champ,” said fellow actor David Hasselhoff. Television celebrity Sharon Osbourne added her thoughts: “Apart from the great body of work he leaves behind, I remember doing ‘Stand Up 4 Cancer’ with him last year, and he did look fantastic, he looked magnificent. I remember he had a beautiful dark suit on, and he was there with his wife, a very gracious man, and talented!” Swayze confirmed his status as a screen sex symbol alongside Demi Moore in 1990’s Ghost. He was born in Houston in August 1952, and was married to his wife Lisa for more than 30 years.