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01/16/2009 at 08:00 PM EST
Patrick Swayze has been released from the hospital, his rep confirms.
"I am happy to announce that Patrick Swayze is home after a brief hospitalization for pneumonia," his rep Annett Wolf tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Swayze, 56, checked himself
into the hospital for observation on Jan. 9 after revealing he had pneumonia, canceling his appearance at the Television Critics Association press event to promote his new A&E series, The Beast
, which premiered Jan. 15.
The actor is battling pancreatic cancer but says his spirit is strong.
"I am alive and plan on continuing to stay that way," he told PEOPLE
Swayze is back home, resting with wife Lisa, 52. "I admire everything imaginable [about Patrick]," she told PEOPLE recently, "especially his courage, strength and humor."