Patrick Swayze Loses His Battle With Cancer

The Associated Press is reporting that Patrick Swayze, the chiseled actor who rose to stardom with his performance in "Dirty Dancing" has died after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

Born in 1952, he fought the stigma of being an athletic kid who wanted to dance. His mom was a dance instructor who owned a dance studio. It's there where he met his wife, Lisa Niemi. He married her when he was just 23 years old.

While he continued working into his illness, tabloid magazines often followed his decline.
He and his wife were reportedly writing a memoir.

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He was with his family when he passed.
Rest in peace, Patrick...

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