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Originally posted 09/29/2009 04:55PM
A private memorial for Patrick Swayze will be held Sunday at Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif.
"In lieu of flowers," says a statement released by the late actor's rep, "please make donations to either of the following two organizations: The Patrick Swayze Pancreas Cancer Research Fund ... or Stand Up to Cancer".
Swayze, who died Sept. 14 after a 20-month battle with pancreatic cancer, helped Stand Up to Cancer raise funds at the organization's TV charity event in September 2008.
Originally posted 09/28/2009 01:00PM
"When my doctors at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles said the words 'pancreatic cancer,' a single thought popped into my head: I'm a dead man."
So says the late actor Patrick Swayze, who two weeks ago died of the disease at age 57. His inner thoughts on his acting career, his illness and his legacy are being aired in his audiobook Time of My Life, which Simon & Schuster is releasing Tuesday.
Originally posted 09/18/2009 03:15PM
Patrick Swayze, who died from pancreatic cancer this week, holds a special place in hearts of residents of Lake Lure, North Carolina.
That is the town where part of Swayze's most beloved movie, Dirty Dancing, was filmed, and residents are planning a memorial for the actor at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19.
"We've gotten a lot of calls from the community, from people wanting some place to go," Michelle Whitaker of the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority told the Associated Press. "The idea was born of people calling and requesting, 'What can I do? Where can I go to pay my respects?'"
Originally posted 09/17/2009 02:30PM
"Ever since I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008," Patrick Swayze wrote in a February op-ed in The Washington Post, "I've been waging an intense, often hellacious battle."
In fact, Swayze, who died on Monday, battled the notoriously aggressive cancer longer than most patients diagnosed with the disease.
Because it often goes undetected until an advanced stage – symptoms may include abdominal or back pain, weight loss, nausea and jaundice – pancreatic is one of the deadliest of cancers, killing 75 percent of patients within a year of diagnosis. Swayze, who was 57 at the time of his death, had been battling the disease for two years.
Originally posted 09/16/2009 04:00PM
Seeking to discover whether or not he made a mark on this world, Patrick Swayze penned his memoir, The Time of My Life, earlier this year as he was being treated for pancreatic cancer.
The actor, who died Monday at age 57, co-wrote the book with his wife Lisa Niemi, and in it reveals how he first got the devastating news 20 months ago.
"I had been having some digestive trouble, mostly acid reflux and a kind of bloated feeling, for a few weeks," the actor writes in the book, which comes out Sept. 29. "I've had a sensitive stomach my whole life, so I hadn't thought much of it, but lately I just couldn't shake the constant discomfort."
From the very beginning, Swayze knew what he was up against. "My doctor told me my chances of surviving for more than a few months weren't high," he writes, "and I had no reason to doubt him."
Originally posted 09/15/2009 02:30PM
When Patrick Swayze was given a task, not only did he deliver to the fullest but he had a blast in the process, recalls onetime costar Keanu Reeves about Swayze, who succumbed to cancer on Monday.
"There was some sky diving sequences in this film we did together and as filming was going on it came to be that Patrick was jumping out of airplanes all the time," Reeves recalled of their 1991 movie Point Break. "I think he had over 30 jumps during the course of filming and so the production served him with a cease and desist which he listened to until they got to Hawaii."
Originally posted 09/14/2009 09:00PM
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery as Barbie & Ken, DWTS' Cheryl & Tony and others have the time of their lives
Originally posted 09/15/2009 08:05AM
Patrick Swayze was a big softie. With performances in nearly three dozen movies in more than three decades, that was the secret behind his best work: his ability to convey, even when he was playing a tough guy, that beneath the glower his character was actually kind, sensitive and maybe even hurting.
His two most memorable roles, in 1987's Dirty Dancing and 1990's Ghost, both showcased his caring side. They were also his biggest box-office successes.
In Dancing, he made hearts flutter as a sexy, supportive dance instructor who, via the mambo and cha-cha, helps transform a teenage wallflower (Jennifer Grey) into a self-confident woman.
Originally posted 09/14/2009 10:35PM
Whether Tweeting or releasing statements through reps, celebrities are reacting to Patrick Swayze's death. A small sampling:
"Patrick you are loved by so many and your light will forever shine in all of our lives. In the words of Sam to Molly. 'It's amazing Molly. The love inside, you take it with you.' I will miss you."
– Demi Moore
"I will always cherish my amazing memories of Patrick ... we had so much fun together ... come back soon, Patrick, we need you here on earth."
– Kirstie Alley
Originally posted 06/04/2009 04:30PM
Patrick Swayze's new A&E series, The Beast, has been cancelled after 13 episodes, according to a source closely involved with the show's production.
"There's no way it was going to happen without Patrick," says the source.
Swayze shot all 13 episodes of the show last summer in Chicago during his treatment for pancreatic cancer. "He had challenges while he was working because he was still doing chemo and it wasn't always easy but in spite of all of that, he'd suit up and show up," his wife Lisa told PEOPLE. "He was always there."
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