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Originally posted 10/27/2009 09:15PM
Patrick Swayze's widow Lisa Niemi spoke from the heart Tuesday about losing her husband just six weeks ago, telling a women’s conference that the loss “is like an animal all of its own” and the sadness could be felt “on a cellular level.”
"When the grief takes you, it's like your body is not your own,” Niemi, who was married to the actor for 34 years, said during a roundtable discussion on Grief, Healing and Resilience at the Women's Conference 2009 in Long Beach, Calif. “I'm just going with the flow. I know I have to go through it."
Originally posted 10/27/2009 02:00PM
Less than two months after the death of her husband Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi, will open up to Oprah Winfrey about her life with and love for the actor – and what it was like losing him – in her first one-on-one interview since his death.
Swayze, 57, died Sept. 14 after a protracted battle with pancreatic cancer. He and Niemi, 53, were married for 34 years, meeting as teenage students at his mother's dance studio.
Niemi will appear on Friday's episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, on which she will also talk about the book she co-authored with her late husband, The Time of My Life.
Niemi was also a participant Tuesday in a roundtable discussion on "Grief, Healing and Resilience" at the Women's Conference 2009 in Long Beach, Calif.
– Michael Y. Park
Originally posted 10/05/2009 02:50PM
Guests arriving for Patrick Swayze's private memorial on Sunday were greeted by a lone white horse, which was owned and beloved by the late actor whose boots were facing backwards in the stirrups.
"It's an old horseman tradition," a source tells PEOPLE of the gesture.
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
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